Recently in the news, is a case where a dog who is part wolf was removed from it’s owner’s home, as a potential threat to society. An order to euthanize was given, and then due to public outcry, that order was changed and the animal has since been moved to live out it’s life in a wolf sanctuary.
While the public was galvanized from an emotional point of view, care needs to be given to the issue of wolves being kept in captivity and being treated as a pet. Wolves are not dogs, but dogs are all descended from wolves, and many still carry some of the potential instincts which can cause deadly results. One of the reasons cited for the original order to euthanize was because of the high prey drive towards cats associated with domesticated wolves. Unfortunately, the animal may not be able to differentiate between a small animal and a baby or young child.
While all breeds differ, basic behaviors which are found in wolves can also be found in most domestic dogs. The behaviors may occur less often and with less severity, but the potential is still there in any canine. Most often in a dog bite attack, one of the basic instincts of the dog overtakes their behavior, and the result can be severe or even deadly. Knowing some of the instinctual drives which are in a dog can possibly help to avert a tragic case of being bitten by a dog.
Dogs are basically predators, which means that they will chase something that is running. In many dogs, this may not be a problem but in many other dogs, it can be triggered just by a simple game of play. A dog may interpret a child chasing a ball as a prey and begin the chase. This is an extremely strong instinct in a wolf, no matter how well domesticated, and is one reason why you should not have wolves as pets.
Dominancy is very prevalent in all dogs, which comes from their lineage of the wolf. The urge to be the Alpha dog stems from this instinct, and can result in a seemingly docile pet suddenly becoming very aggressive in an effort to become the “pack leader”. Many situations which result in injuries from a dog bite began with this very situation.
Many dog attack injuries result from a dog being territorial. This is also traced back to the wolf. If any dog or wolf perceives that his territory is being threatened, it will defend that territory. This where dog attack injuries most commonly come from, a dog thinking that someone is going to take their food, or claim a favorite toy.
No one should have a wolf as a pet, period. They’re too complex, and too different from domesticated dogs to be able to be around the general public. Injuries from a dog bite can be avoided if you educate yourself as to the proper care and behavior around any dog.
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