How to Train an Irish Wolfhound

How to Train an Irish Wolfhound Before we delve into how to train an Irish Wolfhound, we need to look a little bit at the history of the breed. And it is an interesting history…

Believe it or not, there was a time when humans did literally have to fear for their lives from wild packs of wolves. Europe, in particular, had to deal with the serious danger of wolf attacks well into the 19th century. And even if wolves did not wish to attack humans, they did remain a huge threat to livestock. This is why breeds like the Irish Wolfhound was such a helpful service animal. It often would put its life on the line to save its masters and his property. Thankfully, this wonderful breed no longer has to battle wild wolves. Instead, it serves the role of a family pet and excellent guard/watchdog.

How to train an Irish Wolfhound as a family pet is not all that tough. Most service animals will go along with the training program rather effectively. The look of this breed is somewhat intimidating (If it wasn’t, it would be a really weak wolf hunter), but the Irish Wolfhound’s “enemy” is the wolf. It is a longtime friend to humans and has a tendency to be a very loving and appreciative pet.

Because of this, obedience training can turn out to be a real breeze. Well, it will be if you assume the role of the true alpha in the home. When you are the prime alpha, the dog will go along much easier with learning and listening to the commands to say, sit, heel, and speak.

If you really want to learn how to train an Irish Wolfhound for obedience, you should add a clicker to the mix. Clicker training allows the dog to determine verbal associations with the specific commands. This means it will listen to the commands in the most effective manner possible.

Dog whispering techniques are also well advised because they allow you to be stern with your verbal commands while not being mean or frightening to the dog. Honestly, you can get your points across without yelling or being rough with the canine. Dog whispering techniques are an example of this truism.

Regular walks will help exercise not just the dog’s body but it will also put forth the mental stimulation needed for it to follow along with its training program. You will likely give it the most of its training by walking it on a leash. This is not a small dog, so you’ll need to instill in it the pace you want it to follow, and make sure that it stops when you tell it to, and moves when you wish. You also do not want it to run after anything, since there are obvious safety concerns. Hopefully, with the right obedience training, you’ll be able to make an effective bridge to leash training quite nicely.

Crate training could also prove helpful when training an Irish Wolfhound because it is a fairly sizable dog. You don’t want a big dog rampaging through the house when you’re not home. It’d be a better option to set up a crate in which the dog can reside and stay out of trouble. Just remember, a big dog needs a big crate, or else it won’t want to go in it. Why would it if it can’t fit?

How to train an Irish Wolfhound can be a lot easier than you would assume because, quite honestly, this is a really nice dog. As such, the process of training it should not prove to be all that difficult. It may even be a lot of fun!