This article is interesting. Many years ago when I got my first wolfdog, higher percentage, I knew I needed to get educated quickly, even when she was a pup. I talked to a great many wolf researchers, and animal behaviorists. One person who observed her as an adult told me, "She has a strong personality, but she's allowing you to be the alpha." He wasn't keen on my having her, attributing our good relationship to her cooperation with me. She lived for over 14 years, and some of my fondest memories of her are in her older years. She would sit next to me as we watched the wildlife goings on across the highway from our home. She would occasionally look up into my face with a contented 'smile', and her expression said, "This is great, isn't it?"
On the flip side, when she passed away, I felt as though half my heart went with her.