Misrepresentation Kills

Phenotyping to the rescue!
Why does misrepresentation kill?
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My “wolfdog”

Who knows, maybe you can use him somehow as an example.

This is my “wolfdog”, Ghost (so named for the dire wolf Ghost in Game of Thrones.) Now, the woman who gave him to me claims his father is “half wolf, half German Shepherd.” That would put Ghost solidly in the low-content range, I believe. Which he clearly is not.

His father: if I had a guess at all, he’d be a German Shepherd (I do see that) and Golden Retriever or even just Lab.

Mom, a Border Collie/Lab/Pit mix

Ghost, 8 weeks.

And today, at 12 weeks.

Whoa, just look at that wolfdog… lol.

Unfortunately his sister’s owner is still proudly proclaiming that her pup is a wolfdog. -_-

What a cute pup! I wonder if dad might have been some combination of Husky/Lab.



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Can we just talk about how useful this is but also how happy that dog is to be teaching us something. Look at that tail wag. Thank you puppy. 

Just an addition that this technique mimics how old dogs teach their young and even full grown dogs still respond to it. It’s also very much not about using force on the dog or hurting them in punishment, it’s a reprimand. It’s saying, “stop what you’re doing and calm down.” Using the belt and collar should not be choking the dog. I’m gonna repeat that - this is not to be used to choke your dog!

I had a dog who was extremely aggressive toward strange dogs - he loved people and other family dogs, just hated dogs he hadn’t met yet - and sometimes I couldn’t use his collar without choking him because he was so big and strong. So instead I’d grab the scruff of his neck. I’d pinch it in a mimicry of a dog bite and and grab under his head, just like it shows in the last gif. It calmed him down every time. It would divert his attention back to me, which is what you want.

This is a great thing to spread around for when your own dog attacks but everyone should know there are so many ways to stop dogs before they even get to this point and even when you’re the one being attacked, no matter how they’re trained.

1) Always try to divert their attention - a dog fixating on something is a dog that’s about to hunt.
2) Show no fear - a lot of dogs will growl and bark as a posturing thing, if you can keep from jumping and stand your ground it shows you’re not something they can chew up. Don’t act aggressive back though! Stay calm and
3) talk to them - keep your voice pitched low and steady to help calm them down and remind them you’re a friend.
4) Prepare for the worst - if a dog is getting ready to pounce widen your stance so it won’t knock you to the ground, put out one arm so it has something to latch onto (I know, it sucks, but the arm is better than the gut or the leg) while keeping your other arm free so you can push it off.
5) Use your own size - people are bigger than dogs and dogs know it, push down on their heads (it’s another thing parent dogs do) push their eyes away, stand behind them as shown above, straddle them so you are in the position of power.

I love dogs more than anything else in the world, but I know a lot of people are afraid of them. Sometimes justifiably, given the way they’re used by law enforcement and treated by abusive owners. I firmly believe though that every dog has it in them to be the friendliest cuddlies little fuffy butt around. You’ve just to speak their language.

This is a good instructional. I like most of the commentary, although the “every dog has it in them” phrase is extremely uncomfortable because it doesn’t take into account reactive or traumatized animals and implies that every animal can be fixed if you just do it right. 


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marinara-and-the-spoopybops asked: Okay, this question isn't really about wolfdogs, but what level of a dogowner should have an Akita as a pet? I hear they're not really a novice dog and I think that's probably true. just curious.

It’s (unfortunately) impossible for me to say objectively, considering how subjective dog training is. I mean, theoretically, you could have someone who’s never owned a dog in their life (but who’s done tons of research, volunteering, etc) manage a dog better than someone who’s owned multiple dogs in the past (but who holds a problematic mentality/worships Cesar Millan).

And then it depends on the actual dog - are you raising from a puppy? Are you adopting? If you’re adopting, what’s the dog’s background? Rehomed because the owners were moving? Rescued from a puppy mill?

In general, Akitas can be less biddable than other breeds and can be classified as “stubborn” or “hard to train”, but obviously it’ll vary from owner to owner and dog to dog. But hey, maybe you’re someone who enjoys dog training and can train constantly and consistently - you might not even notice, in that case!

If you (or anyone) are considering owning an Akita, try adopting from a rescue or a shelter. Many of these places will do all sorts of temperament tests (eg. regarding strangers, other dogs, children, food, toys, etc), so you’ll have some idea as to what you’re getting yourself into.

Hope this helps!


A customer’s Husky-mix of some sort. Owner said Husky-Wolfdog but I’m not so sure…

German Shepherd/Husky, yes. Husky/Wolfdog, nah.

There are lots of dog traits in this pooch: a curly tail; defined mask; “dog” coloration;  dark, round eyes; big, thin, pointy ears; a “doggy” build (probably Husky) and legs, etc.

katnip17 asked: Your blog is so informational. Keep doing your thing! :) p.s. I live in Florida and there are even people here who claim they have "wolf-dogs". Sigh. Obviously it would be hard to transport a wolf or wolfdog to here. Also, they would probably be miserable in this weather. And all of the dogs I've seen here whose owners claimed they had wolf in them looked suspiciously like German Shepards or Huskies mixed with another type of large dog.

There are actually many legitimate wolfdogs in Florida. Despite the heat, wolfdogs are legal in the state, and as a result, there are breeders, owners and wolfdog rescues and sanctuaries.

(However, that’s not to say that there aren’t any “fake” wolfdog owners there. If anything, the majority of animals with “wolf” in their background will most likely be “just” dogs.)

I saw this on facebook and was just wondering what you thought about it.  Owner claims it is a wolfdog but I don’t know. I’m horrible at phenotyping.

This “wolfdog” looks suspiciously like a coydog to me…

I saw this on facebook and was just wondering what you thought about it.  Owner claims it is a wolfdog but I don’t know. I’m horrible at phenotyping.

This “wolfdog” looks suspiciously like a coydog to me…


Tanuki is birdwatching from the balcony, whishing one of them would just accidentaly fly into his mouth.

The prettiest Akita!