Getting a puppy from us
Before you get a wolfalike type dog, make sure that you read up as much as possible. We are always here to answer your questions before and after you decide to get one of these fantastic dogs. If we don’t know the answer, we will find out for you. We offer life long support and help with anything that might occur.
As these dogs can be a handful to own and can test the most experienced dog owner, there is something you have to do as a puppy owner of a Valkyrie puppy.
Boundaries – Training – Socialisation -Exercise!
These four things are essential to get a well-rounded dog. If you don’t prepare to dedicate time and effort to do these things, I am afraid these dogs are not for you. We favour people that like to do something with their dogs, such as various types of training, Cani cross, scent work, rally-o, and so on.
These dogs are intelligent and will test the boundaries even as puppies. You might come into the kitchen one day and will find your puppy standing on the counter. Start with setting firm rules and teach the puppy from a young age what it’s allowed to do and not.
We recommend “life skills for puppies”, It’s easy to teach a puppy to sit, But Life skills for puppies will help you to show your pup to take it easy in busy environments. If you live around Cambridge/Ely, we work with Developing Dogs, and they have puppy classes based on this book.
Training is essential to get a well-rounded pup. We will help you to find a good puppy class if you can’t find one yourself. Please note that puppy classes are not the same as puppy socialisation. These dogs have a sensitive nature, so positive reinforcement is the way to go. If you use a too firm hand, these dogs might shut down.
Take advantage of socialisation classes, if you have a doggy daycare, ask if your young dog can be there at least one day a week. Older dogs will learn your pup boundaries, what is allowed to do – and your dog learns to be around dogs of all ages, sexes and breeds.
Take your pup to a dog-friendly pub and learn it that it’s okay to get greeted and petted by a plethora of people, and when you greet people you have to do it a calm, friendly manner.
It’s very easy to over-exercise these dogs as they grow fast. As a rule of the thumb, you shouldn’t give these puppies more than 5 minutes on lead walk per month of age. They can rumble and tumble off lead for longer, but watch out for signs of the pup becoming tired. If they lay down, perhaps it’s time to go back home for some rest.
We don’t agree on tired these dogs out with exercise. They get tired quicker with mental training, so if the pup is hyper, it might need to do brain games for a while. They can also be overtired and need to calm down. Putting the pup on a lead for a few minutes makes them realise that they are tired.
They still grow until two to three years of age so if you like to do activities such as pulling or Cani Cross we don’t recommend you start with the training until they are at least 18 months old. We can help you get started with both if you need any assistance.
All puppies are reared in a home environment using the puppy culture method. When it’s time for the puppies to be born, we transform our living room into a puppy room. The puppies will get exposed to the everyday life of a household, including vacuum cleaners, noise from the radio and TV, various kind of music (Everything from Opera to Metal via Ska, Punk, Jazz and heavy Industrial music as well as everyday pop)
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The puppies will get regular worming, vaccination and a vet visit with a clean bill of health before they are ready to leave at 8 weeks old. If a puppy needs extra time, we might keep it longer to make sure it gets the best start in life as possible.
All puppies will be registered with the International Wolfalike Companion Club (I.W.C.R) as “wolfalikes”.
Wolfalikes vs Wolfdogs
Even though we don’t call our dogs wolfdogs, we can’t say they are without wolf content. We make sure both parents are DNA tested with a company called “Embark Vet” which will give us the percentage of the dog breeds as well as wolf content in each animal. We can’t guarantee that DNA tests will show that our wolfalikes will be completely free from any wolf content we do not sell puppies to people that live in countries or regions where wolf dogs are banned.
Even if a puppy will be of a low-no wolf percentage “on paper” (you take both parents wolf content, add those together, take the sum and divide it in 2 to get the theoretical wolf content.)
Example, parent 1 8% wolf + parent 2 16% wolf would be= 24% combined. 24/2=12% theoretical wolf content of offspring.
However, nature is never this exact, but more random. A pup can be as high as 24%, or as low as 0% depending on which genes they get.
We tend to explain this using something called the “marble effect”, where different coloured marbles represent the wolf/dog content.
This also illustrates that all pups in a litter can have different content, depending on which marbles nature decide to pick from the bowl that represents the combined DNA (here marbles) from the parents.