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Khalida (aka Grace)Adopted, 2016
Khalida (aka Grace)
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Write Up from new home:
We have had Sabre just shy of 15 weeks now and Sabre has changed massively as a dog. When we first got Sabre he was an overexcited pup, who decided that he needed to make all his own decisions. It took us quite a bit of time to gain his trust to the point where he would accept us as his decision makers. It’s not perfect and we are still working on it.
Probably the best way we can describe Sabre is Ying and Yang, but from what we have read this is an underlying theme with most Wolfdogs. This is probably a reflection of their heritage being part wolf and part dog. There is a careful balancing act required:
• You can’t over stimulate them other wise they become hyperactive, under stimulation leads to boredom.
• Over training with repetitive exercises and they are bored, with no training they become challenging.
Whatever you do with a Wolfdog there appears to be a counterbalancing force, so you have to find the ground where you become their leader, but not their commander. Sabre is loyal and loving, but we are aware that this is based on us making decisions that are beneficial; keeping him safe and content.
Sabre has become a companion dog and is involved with all aspects of our life. This has had the largest impact on our life and has created certain lifestyle limitations. This may change over time, but currently this works best for us. However, we felt that for us to be a part of Sabre’s life, he required to be a full part of our pack - Sabre needed to have his place and his role in our family.
For example, when we adopted Sabre we took it in turns to work from home, this took a bit of thinking through and re-scheduling diaries. This is something that we have now adopted into our lives, as we are more productive and it has been beneficial for Sabre to have a structured routine. He can be walked and fed at set times and he will have his sleeps during the day whilst we are working. This structure creates clear boundaries for Sabre.
We have benefited as individuals with Sabre. In our working life we have spent countless hours learning about coaching and leadership, it has been a wonderful experience to apply this learning where you get immediate feedback; be it good or development required!
We have read numerous articles on Wolfdogs and the best expression we have read said that you have to be a geek to own one. In that you have to learn about these complex wonders and you have to want to understand them at so many levels (as soon as you think you have it cracked, you will realise that there is something else you need to learn). If you can commit to this then they are a joy to develop.
Sabre requires time, patience and commitment and if you give him that the rewards are amazing. We don’t think Sabre will ever be the perfectly behaved dog if we wanted that we could have got a poodle, he will always be a dog that is learning and that is what we are enjoying.
How did you find the adoption process?
Very easy, the website was good and had a lot of information on it. I would expand the section about the requirements of Wolf Dogs, as I can imagine you can get a lot of enquiries from ‘admirers’ rather serious adopters.
The adoption process was relatively easy?
Were WdR helpful?
Yes, I spoke to Nicola quite a few times before deciding to commit to the process.
Did the person who rang you give you enough information and answer any questions to your satisfaction?
Yes, Nicola asked quite a few questions about us as well, which helped in matching a dog. I also emailed Nicola a list of questions which were all answered with lots of information.
Did we match the correct dog to your lifestyle, environment, experience, etc?
Did you have to wait long for the home check?
Were WdR helpful in arranging to meet the dog or to arrange transport?
We agreed to meet at a dog show, with a view of introducing Sabre to our current dog, Jacks. We weren’t at this stage planning to take Sabre home. However Sabre bonded with Helen straight away and wanted to follow her to our Van. I think we were all surprised to be taking Sabre away. On reflection this was absolutely the right time as it kept the stress levels down for Sabre.
If you met the foster, were they helpful, polite, able to give further information on the dog?
Yes, but I think this was because Sabre was one of Nicola’s babies!
Were WdR helpful and give advice on introductions to your existing dogs, were they carried out safely?
Yes, Nobby was excellent in introducing the 2 dogs.
Did WdR give you a good accurate assessment of the dog prior to adoption?
The information sheet was brilliant and became a real guide in the first couple of weeks. It is still hanging up in the kitchen and is referred to.
Have WdR been available for any support or advice you have needed since you got your dog?
Yes, mainly by messenger with Nicola. This has been a real help for us and provided strong guidance.
The secret FB page has been beneficial but involvement appears to be down to a few active contributors.
Do you feel you have ongoing support whenever you need it?
If your dog wasn’t neutered before adoption, and on a contract to neuter, have WdR supported you through this and made payments promptly?
Sabre was neutered after adoption, as I said earlier he was very much still an excited puppy when we got him so agreed it was best to wait the extra few months before neutering, we signed the adoption contract with a claws in it regarding neutering. WdR offered to pay for the neutering but this is something that we chose to pay for as we did not see it as a responsibility of WdR.