Naughty Wolf Runs Off With A Lantern During Night Time Photoshoot
A handsome young wolf comes across a lantern and knows he has to have it. No matter what it is or why. It's his. Until... the unthinkable happens and he loses everything that he ever wanted for the past five minutes. Not exactly what we were trying to film, but you know what they say about working with kids and animals...
Another example of the wolf's natural tendency to become fixated on keeping whatever they can get a hold of- no matter what.
Wolves are naturally very possessive animals. They have to be in order to survive. They have an instinctual drive to feel that everything they take- could be their last for a long time- or even forever...
They are 'hoarders' in a sense, never knowing when another resource will come about. Of course, their biggest drive is the motivation to feed- to sustain life. Therefore, it probably comes as no surprise that wolves- which are possessive about everything- are most possessive over food.
I've been teaching Lorne to 'release' on command since he was 7 weeks old. He lets go of favorite toys and even food, typically with ease. Which is uncharacteristic to the nature of a wolf. This is an important command to teach any canine, but especially one lacking thousands of years of human intervention to distill that strong drive.
I've been wanting to show more 'raw' training videos with Lorne to see how I work with him. But it is very difficult while also holding a camcorder. But I was playing around with Lorne the other day and decided to just film what I could and throw him some basic commands. Release being one we work on a lot.
You'll see in the video that he responds readily to releasing a tennis ball, but then after given one of his very favorite treats, he decides it's worth challenging me over. This isn't always his response, but I think it's critical to show how easily any dog or wolf can produce this type of reaction and how important it to consistently train a strong release throughout life.
For this being a wolf's strongest motivator (food) and this being Lorne's very favorite- I consider his response pretty successful! But I continue to give him things he loves, and take them away as routine and I recommend this is done often with any animal that resource guards.