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Rye + Roth + Roan + Thicket  Wild living with non-domestic canids β‹™ Rye ♀ | mid wolf, r.h coyote dog β‹™ Rothko β™‚ | husky mix β‹™ Roanoke β™‚ | mid wolfdog β‹™ Thicket ♀ | plains coyote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xiLyOGwRd0

As promised, Thicket's first snow! She was entirely apathetic as fluffy snowflakes dotted the ground around her. Maybe we will get a more playful reaction in a few weeks. πŸ˜‚
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While we were busy stockpiling firewood, the odd pack has been gaining serious fluff and packing on the pounds in preparation for winter. It has been a warm week, 20Β°-34Β°, and despite the chilly wind, the pack has collectively opted to sleep outside--or as Thicket would have it, on top of--their hot box. (God forbid I bring them into our toasty house at this time of year without frozen treats to cool them in the balmy 68Β°! πŸ˜‚) It never ceases to amaze me how durable these dense double coated critters are against cold weather.
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This little goof stole the the show in the last post, how about a bitey #throwback? Roan is considerably more gentle now than he ever was as a pup. At 7 weeks old, he was still trying to discern the appropriate bite force for social engagement--this gradual understanding of gentle mouthy interaction is called "bite inhibition." As canines interact with their world via their mouths, reliable bite inhibition is invaluable for both domestic and wild animals in social packs. Wild wolves set definite boundaries by way of dramatic correction and expressions of pain; like yelping or abrupt submissive/passive behavior. Pups generally learn this skill from playing with eachother, acquiring a sort of canine associative empathy; "I cried when X bit me too hard, X is crying because I am biting too hard." When paired with meaningful corrections from mature animals, the notion of social bite inhibition is readily received. Humans can set similar boundaries by immediately ceasing interaction when their mouthy pup becomes too rough (accompanied by a loud sound, proxy for a puppy's yelp), as humans determine play duration and intensity. After several weeks of consistent reactions, the pup will begin to exhibit acceptable mouthy behaviors, and only when invited. In this video, Roan was still too young to have a reliable understanding of bite inhibition.. He was a total bitey jerk--Albeit a cute one.
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Stumbled across an older video of appeasing and passive engaging behaviors with between Rye and my husband! (And puppy Roan, in the midst of tone-recall training.) Rye is a notorious toy shredder and wants Roan's white elephant plush, my husband tells her no... Rye tries to appease him with submissive lip licks, then bows to scratch her eyes and wave her paw, both common passive engagement behaviors. (Dimutive postures which negate reaction potential without having to lose ground.. "I want it, but I don't want to go through you for it...") All the while she avoids his gaze, pulls her lips back to reveal her molars in a nervous smile, tucks her ears when engaging with him, and actively keeps her head well below his while in a slight crouch. She tries to move on with a brief stress relieving shake, but that elephant is just too tempting.. My husband gives in enough to acknowledge her effort with some cheek and neck pets, and Rye crumples into a submissive begging fluff on the floor... Its almost as if we are viewing the 5 stages of grief in 30 seconds. πŸ˜‚
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"Got your nose, Roan!" These two best buds will wrestle and play day in and day out--especially with winter on the horizon. I can only imagine how Thicket will react to her first snow... Having never seen solid precipitation before, it will take her some time to adjust to a new environment. Probably something along the lines of complete and total fear initially, and once she's comfortable, frantically try to eat every snowflake before it hits the ground. πŸ˜‚
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#throwback to a gangly ~4 week old Thicket. This screeching handful of fur and teeth has certainly come a long way! (By that I mean she is a significantly larger screeching handful of fur and teeth...) #dontfeeditaftermidnight
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[PLAY WITH SOUND for coyote chirps and gratuitous Rye grumbles!] Lets lighten the tone a bit with a clip of the pack getting their morning wiggles out. Roan is such a happy goober, and Rye can't stand his youthful exuberance... πŸ˜‚
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These pictures were taken seconds apart, SWIPE LEFT to see Rye's dramatic rebuke after Roan attempted to get a bit friendly... Using body weight to restrain movement is a common reprimand seen across many canid species. By doing this, Rye is not attempting to "be alpha" or dominate, but instead to firmly set boundaries with her frisky teenage nephew. (Alpha theory has been long debunked--the roles of canines within a pack are incredibly fluid.) While these dramatic split-second conversations can be quite abrupt and jarring, they are not intended to injure and are necessary for healthy relationships between animals within a social group. These snarly corrections occur and dissipate nearly instantaneously.
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(**Edit: fyi Rye is spayed**)
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Bob Goldenlock. Assistant to the Regional Manager. It was at this exact moment something primal and deep in Bob's subconscious snapped and he realized he was not designed for this life. 1967
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(Photo and chillingly existential caption by @regalcollars.)
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I can't get over how stoic Thicket looks here--and the teeny yote paws attempting to hold a pen--Haha, its too much! As long as I keep laughing I can hold the message at a distance and won't have to confront the futility of my own cubicle existence. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­
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The 3 known siblings from Rye's litter--Linkin, Miakota, and our sweet grump Rye. Now that they are fully mature, we can safely compare their structural phenotypic differences. Despite presenting the same relative proportions from their wild and domestic ancestors, Rye inherited a narrow skull with a tucked GSD chin and close set medially furred ears, while Linkin has a classically wolfy build with deeply cupped malamute ears--and Miakota has the most wild slim nose with rounder eyes and a minimal forehead stop..
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While there is a general concensus within the wolfdog community on the practices and breeds used to maintain consistent lines; there is always such beautiful genetic diversity when comparing two wolfdogs of similar content--even within the same litter!
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(Linkin and Miakota are cared for by @silver_linkin.)
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A little blurry, but I just love Rye's expression in this shot--it perfectly exemplifies her relationship with Thicket and the rest of the pack. While Rye likes to makes a big show about how she rules the roost and keeps these insufferable hooligans in line, she will also voluntarily lower her head to receive Thicket's submissive lip licks... Much like the Godfather offering his hand so you can kiss his ring. πŸ˜‚
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