wikiHow to Act Like a Wolf

Two Parts:Looking the PartActing Like a Wolf

Acting like a wolf can be a great pastime at home for kids, or might be something that you need for acting in a play (Little Red Riding Hood perhaps?) or for cosplaying/roleplaying. This article makes some suggestions for acting like a wolf.

Part 1
Looking the Part

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    Use makeup to get a wolf-like appearance. Eyeliner is a must in this as it creates a dog like or animal like appearance to your eyes and causes them to pop more. People will be more drawn to your eyes as well. Making a small pointed wing off of the corner of your eye with a fine tipped black liner is the best way to achieve this look.
    • Another way to achieve the look through makeup is with eyeshadow. When applying eyeshadow, be sure not to apply much. Only use a light amount normally in earthy shades or even shades that may match a wolf's fur. These include blue, white, black, or brown.
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    Fix your hair. If you want to, you can style it like your favorite werewolf character, but you can also make it your own unique style. For girls a loose and slightly messy wavy style cam fit well as it makes you look as if you've been wandering the wilderness. For guys, a fluffy yet slightly spiky look may work better.
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    Wear wolf's clothing. Clothing is the smallest detail in looking like a wolf. However, if you would like to add this aspect as well, you can dress like your favorite wolf character or wear things in plain earthy shades or things with nature patterns on them.
    • Wear a suitable costume. It will help the effect if you dress as a wolf; less guesswork from your fellow humans will be involved. Add the teeth. If you need inspiration, look at pictures from the story of Little Red Riding Hood; the wolf depictions are quite vivid.

Part 2
Acting Like a Wolf

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    Observe wolves. Visit the zoo or rent out some videos, or look at YouTube. Observe how wolves run, roll, walk, interact with each other, eat etc. What can you imitate after watching them closely?
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    Walk like a wolf. You could try:
    • Changing down to walk on all fours. Walk on your hands and feet, all fours, as a wolf would do. If this proves too difficult, then improvise with knees but it may feel less realistic.
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    • Adopting a "loping" walking style. Wolves run gracefully, which may be very difficult for you as a human on all fours, but you can aim to give the effect of a wolf loping or stalking slowly, like when they are hunting.
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    Learn to run like the wolves. Wolves are always running through the woods to stalk prey or simply for sport. Wolves and werewolves are also fast and efficient runners. Try running at least once a day for 20 minutes if you don't run already. Slowly increase this rate to help your skill level rise. After a while, you will run quickly and easily like a wolf!
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    Jump like a wolf. This is important to acquiring your hunting skills. Wolves jump high and can also cover long distances with a simple spring off the ground. It may be difficult at first, but practicing jumping over small objects such as logs and chairs can help you increase your height with every jump. Over time you will increase your distance and hight and jump over things without even thinking.
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    Pounce. Put a toy rabbit on the floor. Get on your hands and feet and try pouncing toward it.
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    Be playful and active. Wolves are like dogs; they are playful together.
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    See in the dark. This is a must have trait for any wolf. Wolves are predators and they are always stalking through the woods at night. They can be nocturnal and it is also pretty stereotypical to see a wolf in the night. Start off by turning off lights when you want to practice. Open your eyes and look at something for a while until your eyes adjust. Do this every night in your bedroom to help your eyes get used to being in the dark.
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    Interact with people the way a wolf does with other wolves. This involves staring down your enemies and growling at them. Now if you don't want people to catch on to you being wolf like, then don't take it too far. People may find it strange.
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    Sniff the air. This is another thing wolves tend to be doing as they have very good noses and like sniffing out their prey to track it. Sniffing the air like an animal will help you act like this when you smell something you like or something you dont. Be sure to make it obvious you like or hate a smell by smiling or grimacing.
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    Howl. This is the most common trait people think of when they hear the word wolf. Howling at the moon or when you feel the urge is a good behavior to use. Being in the wilderness when you do so is just an added bonus, but you can just howl in your yard of you'd like.
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    Eat like a wolf. Eat a diet of mostly meats. Wolves are, yes, carnivores. This does not mean that they won't eat grass and herbs and such. Watch how wolves would eat meat, fish, and other things on YouTube. But remember you're still human, and that you need to eat other things too!


  • Try going outside during the afternoon or night (get permission first) to feel the spirit of the wolf.
  • If you have friends that want to be wolves with you, howl together as a pack.
  • When you're going to howl with sadness, think of why you are sad. Then, put all your feelings into your howl.
  • Smell the air and if you smell something tasty or you just like the smell follow it like you are determined to get it or find it.
  • When sleeping in your "den" curl up into a ball and stay alert.
  • Real wolves don't really howl at the moon. They howl after a successful hunt, to rally a pack, or just for fun.
  • Try to feel like you have a muzzle, ears, and a tail, imagine how your ears may react like perk or lowering a situation, like you have one, do the same with wagging, tucking, raising and lowering an imaginary tail.
  • Wolves are creatures of honor, so do not fight without reason and obey anyone of higher status that you.
  • Wear dark or neutral colors to match the coat/fur of a wolf, such as black, brown, and gray.
  • Have a trustworthy friend help you in your practices if they won't find it weird that your doing so.
  • Practice daily or every few days to increase the speed in which you become wolf like.
  • Following the behavior and style of a werewolf tv character can help by giving you an idea of what to go by.
  • Being aware of your surroundings can help you know when you should use certain wolf skills.
  • Being secretive about your new wolf persona adds to the effect as wolves are mysterious creatures and werewolves don't want their secret to slip.
  • Living near woods or knowing where the nearest woods are can help with your practices as well as keeping you in touch with nature like wolves are.
  • Watching videos of howling wolves can help you achieve the perfect howl.
  • Watch videos or nature documentaries yo help your behaviors and skills become more wolf like.
  • Wolves are nocturnal. Practice staying up at night and sleeping in day. Its a good start.


  • Be sure not to hurt others physically or emotionally!
  • Use common sense! Wolves are dangerous animals and trying to observe one in person would be a bad way to become like one unless you visit a sanctuary or zoo.
  • Be careful when practicing! Jumping and running can get you injured if your not careful about where you do it and what you jump over.
  • Don't growl at other people. Wolves always have a reason!
  • Don't do this randomly in public, or to embarrass someone. Do it because you like wolves, and want to act like them, or have fun.
  • Before using any makeup to look like a wolf, test it on your arm first and leave it for a day or two after cleaning it off to be sure you aren't allergic.
  • Don't over do things in front of people. Many of your peers may find you strange if they know your trying to become wolf like, and see you differently.
  • Wolves do bite so when acting "bite" (but don't actually do it!).
  • Be sure not to get any makeup in your eyes while achieving the wolf look or you may cause irritation or infection.
  • Be careful when entering the woods at any time. If you don't know what's lurking, it could be dangerous!
  • Don't bite at people for fun, only if you are going to defend yourself.

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