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

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

Thicket, the teeny reflective hiking coyote! 🦊 She was such a trooper on the hike today with @tamarack_and_rune. Stay tuned for pictures of the wild romp!
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(And soon I will actually have my camera back in working order to take pictures, hope you all are enjoying the video montage in the meantime. πŸ˜…)
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Thicket uses an entirely different behavioral vocabulary than our other animals--When interacting with her, it isn't a question of "will I get bitten," but "when," and "how hard." (In the video she gets me good once, nearly breaking through my thumbnail.) These bites are not aggressive, but instantaneous teeny emotional responses to high energy stimuli. She has bitten me for making sudden movements which startled her, for petting her for a second too long, for sneezing near her, for running into my legs while doing zoomies around the house, in response to other dogs playing nearby, and most purplexingly--she mouthily turned her anxious confusion towards me while she had a bout of hiccups... Because I had obviously caused them. Coyotes are an actively animated bunch, using nibbles, bites, chirps, growls, posturing, and even facial expressions, to loudly declare their everchanging status. Despite her mouthy predisposition, she has not bitten us with serious intent to injure (out of fear, anger, anxiety), without ample warning of her intention. (And even then, we had misinterpreted her signals. Live and learn. As avid students of adaptive canine psychology, we are over the moon to have the opportunity to watch this mouthy shreiking banshee grow, and really, what's a couple stitches between friends?)
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[GRUMPY BEAR SOUNDS] We often note wolfdogs use dramatic or extreme body language, which often loans to their poorly chosen "unpredictable" and "aggressive" labels.. Here we see my husband engaging in a bought of floppy rough housing with Rye. Notice how he creates instances for HER to choose to interact and designate space. Meanwhile Rye's eyes dilate in anticipation for action, and tail wagging, she jumps into his arms and nibbles his hands, all the while growling like an angry shebear. With his hands in her powerful jaws, she can easily dictate her intensity of play--despite her heinous facial expressions, her gentle nibbling and confident wagging tail say "This is fun, bring it!" If she were to become uncomfortable, her bites would contain notable warning pressure, the frequency of her growls would heighten, and her lips would purse with ears angrily pinned flat to her neck--though this remains a round of soft sparing between friends. Ultimately we see the energy quell and both share a calm moment.
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**Note: While there are many trademark wolfy behaviors found in hybrids, every wolfdog behaves differently. It is because these two have a mutual trust and understanding of the other's behaviors that they can wrestle freely. Engaging in this sort of behavior with an unfamiliar animal would be dangerous to say the least. Don't put your fingers in an animal's mouth.**
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Puppy Roan useless trick montage! While these are for fun, (he knows a variety of more serious utilitarian commands as well, in addition to bell housebreaking and audiocollar recall) they illustrate the principle that wolfdogs are indeed highly trainable. Despite lacking an inherent "desire to please," one can provide motivation in other ways--Who says no to a dried liver snack?
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Mouth gaping is a common coyote behavior used to convey a high energy warning--everything from excitement during play, to prelude for legitimate anger and fear responses. Thicket typically accompanies this charming smile with short chortling growls or low whines, the intensity of which can be used to determine its intention. For instance, she will gape when we release her from her kennel in the morning, sleepily snarling at us for waking her; as well as gape and hiss when another animal gets too close while she eats. Coyotes are incredibly social, chatty animals, always declaring their status and intention--once one takes the time to listen.
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"This is my room right??" Introducing Thicket to the house has gone well to say the least. πŸ˜‚
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As many of you know, we are in the midst of a big move. While we get a new house, these hoodlums get a new enclosure complete with 1800 sqft of buried chickenwire and 6ft unclimbable fencing with a hot line running along the top. These wolfbeasts also have individual fortified indoor kennels and a concrete "wolfproof" wreckroom to romp around in on bad weather days. Due to the negative stigma associated with wolfdogs, animal control/shelters boasting no tolerance policies when it comes to hybrids, and the plethora of trigger-happy farmers--The safe containment and security of our animals is our number one priority.
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Updates of the final installments to come!
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Coyotes go though incredible hormonal changes in their first years of life. From birth until 5-6 months old, the neurochemistry of both genders is dominated by serotonin--a chemical responsible for interindividual attachment and feelings of security. Their behaviors are nearly entirely dictated by the presence or abscence of this chemical; causing docile playful behavior when present, and volatile negative behaviors when absent (also then at the mercy of startlingly high volumes of adrenaline and other conflict response compounds). After ~6 months, both genders begin to experience the effects of primary sex hormones--including consistent peaks in testosterone and androgen. A handful of other species present females who produce comparable amounts of these chemicals--including spotted and striped hyenas, aardwolves, badgers, wolverines, and even certain lines of foxes. The early onset and high volumes of these chemicals are believed to play a role in the aggressive/reactive behaviors displayed in these species. Such fun neurochemically androgynous critters.
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πŸ”₯LET'S GET REALπŸ”₯ With all the goofy fun you folks see here, we need to address the unvarnished truth--Wolfdogs (and coyotes) do not make good pets. They are not subservient, eager to please, or provide the same intuitive emotional acuity as domestic dogs. However they are highly situationally reactive, perpetually neophobic, and have extreme containment, activity, medical, and dietary requirements. These guys use a severe dialect of domestic canine's behavioral vocabulary--frequently using mouthy warnings, squeals/screams/growls, and urinating/defecation in extreme situations... In short, they are not loyal, reliable, stable, protective family dogs; and should never be considered as such. We have built our lives around providing the best situation for these guys--They are a constant concern, dictating everything from the location of our home, to providing motivation to pick up daily roadkill at 4 am...
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...But to my husband and I, the effort is worth it to be greeted by their squiggly happy dances every morning. To see their excitement when we go on a hike. To witness their behavioral absurdities, and make their life as enjoyable as we can. Wild canid crosses are wonderful bizarre finicky animals, but they require complete commitment to a strict lifestyle.
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For more firsthand accounts regarding what it takes to care for real wolfdogs and coydogs, check out @ivar_the_real_wolfdog, @kota.thewolfdog, and @allmydogsareheathens.
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[Swipe left for ridiculousness πŸ˜‚ ] The absurd faces Roan makes when he sees I have the camera. He is such a cooperative model...
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