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Why Calling A Dog Trainer Could Affect Your Wolfdog Puppy's Future!

Cognitive learning is learning that happens naturally without rewards or formal training. When something motivational appears, such as learning how to open a gate or cross a road, the learning process is triggered. One remarkable example is when a friend's dog took his shoe and ran up to people after he had passed out on a nature trail. The dog led the rescuers to its unconscious owner, demonstrating an innate understanding without prior training.

Wolfdogs, like this dog, show a natural ability to understand and respond to situations without practice or formal training. They are observant and learn like children, often without you noticing.

Learning is different from training. Think of a wolfdog puppy that instinctively knows how to behave in public and how to ignore other dogs without formal instruction. These natural behaviors are akin to the old TV shows "The Littlest Hobo" or "Lassie," where dogs showcased remarkable understanding without training.

Many new wolfdog owners in Orange County seek out trainers to control their puppies, but this often hinders the puppies' natural learning processes. Over-managing a wolfdog can prevent it from making mistakes and learning from them. Trainers often stress the need for constant reinforcement of training throughout the dog's life. However, this can lead to your wolfdog becoming more aloof and making typical puppy mistakes because it never learned through natural experiences.

Your goal should be to raise a wolfdog, not just train it. Think of a mother wolf guiding her pups. She stays nearby to ensure their safety but allows them to explore and learn independently. This approach helps the pups focus better and avoid dangerous distractions in the future.

Instead of hiring a "dog trainer in Orange County," teach your wolfdog puppy through natural interactions. Play hide and seek or chase, ensuring the puppy is always chasing you. This way, you raise a wolfdog that is naturally attuned to you and responsive without the need for constant reinforcement from traditional training methods.

Raising a wolfdog puppy involves teaching tasks that integrate into your daily life, similar to how service dogs are trained. This approach helps them feel useful and appreciated, fostering maturity and a sense of purpose.

Focusing on your wolfdog puppy's mental development leads to a more autonomous and well-rounded companion.


Puppies that have undergone early training with toys, food, or tools might need extra help to catch up on developmental learning they missed. No worries! We can guide you in teaching these crucial lessons through active learning.

If you're welcoming a new wolfdog puppy into your home, schedule a free call with us before making common mistakes. We'd love to help you create a plan for your puppy's first year in their new environment.

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