Are Irish Wolfhounds difficult to train?
An Irish Wolfhound should not be aggressive. They are simply too big. Any aggressiveness should be promptly evaluated to rule out a medical cause before consulting a behaviorist. IW puppies should be confident in all situations and easy to train in basic behaviors like housetraining.
Are Wolfhounds stubborn?
He Has His Faults. Less biased observers would characterize Irish Wolfhounds as intelligent, patient, and friendly to humans. However, on the flip side, they can also be lazy, clumsy, stubborn and even aggressive with other animals.
How do I get my Irish Wolfhound puppy to stop biting?
Provide pups with plenty of safe chewables. With younger pups, when possible, a chewable toy should be substituted when they start chewing on people. When I raise a litter of wolfhounds, I start teaching bite inhibition at the time their first set of teeth come in, around 4 weeks or so.
Are Wolfhounds easy to train?
Irish Wolfhounds are easy to train and do best with positive reinforcement, but in their first year they can be clumsy and slow to mature. They do not endure kenneling or confinement well if left for a long time. The Irish Wolfhound is not a guarding breed.
Do Irish Wolfhounds run away?
Just under the surface of their gentle exterior does lie the nature of a coursing hunter, so Irish wolfhound owners must be vigilant when outdoors. Like all sighthounds, Irish wolfhounds love to chase animals that are running away from them, and they can take their time responding to your calls to come back.
What to Know Before owning an Irish Wolfhound?
Irish Wolfhounds are not ponies, and children cannot ride them. Your Wolfhound can be injured if children try to ride him. With early socialization and training, your Irish Wolfhound should get along well with other dogs. He may chase small animals such as cats unless brought up with them and taught not to.
How much exercise does a wolfhound need?
Your Irish Wolfhound will need a minimum of two hours of exercise every day to keep them fit and healthy. It’s better to spread this across the day rather than doing two hours in one go. We’d recommend splitting this into walks and off-lead exercise in a safe area.
Do Wolfhounds wander?
Irish Wolfhounds need a large, secure area outdoors to run and play. A fenced area is ideal for this large sighthound, otherwise he may wander or chase other animals.
How do you entertain an Irish Wolfhound?
Cover the holes with tennis balls and let your Irish Wolfhound go! They will need to use their brain and their big paws to get at the treats which is easier said than done! Irish Wolfhounds like to chew, so give your big pup something satisfying to chew on.
Is it difficult to train an Irish Wolfhound?
It is not difficult to train your Irish Wolfhound puppy/dog, however whichever method you choose, what is required is persistence, patience and repeated practice. This applies to the pair of you and your dog will unconditionally reflect your ability.
Are Irish Wolfhounds good on leash leads?
My first answer is well “yes” and “no” to which I immediately add “your dog is only as good as the person on the other end of the lead.” The Irish Wolfhound is as you know a large, strong, and determined dog and if he wants to get on the sofa and stay there he will, unlike a small pooch you will find it a struggle to heft him off.
How do I evaluate my Irish Wolfhound’s learning style and personality?
Evaluate your Irish Wolfhound’s learning style and personality using our free Learning Style tool so that you are better able to provide him with the proper Irish Wolfhound training methods. Is your Irish Wolfhound dominating over you? Does your Irish Wolfhound bark unnecessarily? Does your Irish Wolfhound come to you when you call?
How long do Irish Wolfhounds stay independent?
A sweet and sensitive dog, he has his independent side but responds well (slowly and thoughtfully) to patient obedience training. Use positive rewards rather than heavy-handed jerking. Irish Wolfhounds remain gawky, clumsy, and potentially destructive (in a big way!) for up to three years.