If you are the proud owner of a massive, strong, shaggy Irish Wolfhound then you are a lucky person. These unique pups have one characteristic that stands out time and time again - they are huge! So what is one to do with a dog the size of a small horse? How can you keep your Irish Wolfhound happy day in and day out? It is actually quite simple. While dominant in size, Irish Wolfhounds are actually very passive, friendly and lovable dogs that are easily trained. These activities are catered to fit just such a pup!
Irish Wolfhounds do need a good deal of exercise but not as much as a hunting or racing breed. Your dog will be happy with a nice walk or a few hours in a fenced in yard each day. That being said, Irish Wolfhounds are not recommended as apartment dogs as they do truly thrive with that outdoor time that living in a home with a yard provides. So, what can you do to entertain your pup when you just aren’t able to bring the outside? You know they need exercise but maybe it is pouring outside or the extremely hot temperatures of summer have hit. Your Irish Wolfhound needs your help to stay busy and these games will certainly keep them happy!
While you know how gentle and friendly your big Irish Wolfhound is, other people may not. In fact, you may have found that people are intimidated by your dog's massive stature and many may be naturally afraid of them due to their large presence. Training your dog to be friendly toward strangers and also toward other dogs is very important. Not only will it put other people at ease but your Irish Wolfhound will also be better off when others approach them with kindness rather than fear. Socializing your dog from a very young age (before they tower over everyone!) is very important to put them on a path toward a happy life.
Irish Wolfhounds make excellent therapy dogs thanks to their easily trainable nature, their lovable and calm personality and their amazing appearance. Many studies have shown that petting a dog greatly helps people who may have physical or mental issues. Interaction with a dog can help lower blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health as well. Dogs also help people's body release endorphins which makes them feel calm. Wouldn't it be great to be able to use your Irish Wolfhound's natural ability to do all of these things? Helping your Irish Wolfhound become a therapy dog is an amazing activity that you can both participate in. It will help you feel good, others in need feel better, and your pup will get some extra attention!
Make your own dog food that is catered toward what your Irish Wolfhound likes. This breed tends to have a good deal of medical complications so homemade food may help your pup live a healthier life.
While Irish Wolfhounds do need some time outside every day to stretch their legs, this is not an outdoor breed. In fact, your Irish Wolfhound will love nothing more than to cuddle with you on the couch or play a few light games like tug inside.
It is sad that the Irish Wolfhounds average lifespan is not very long. Why not make your dog's life a fabulous one while you have them? Give them lots of space to roam, meet up with friends often so your pup can play with other dogs and think about ways you and your dog can make the world a better place (therapy dogs do make a big difference!). This dog is so unique and special which means you are lucky to have such an amazing breed! Go give that big pup a hug!