All animal caregivers must know that enrichment programs for animals in captivity are essential for the health and wellbeing of the animals in our care.
We have discovered that over time some of the most hands off and human anti-social warm up to the idea of going for a walk on a leash.
Wolves and wolf dogs learn by observation first and by repetition second. What this means with our unsocial rescues is that they see other wolves and wolf dogs going for enrichment walks and over time they decide that they want to do it too.
Just today, Agana, an anti-social high content wolf dog, who has seen her partner Kota go for walks many times, is now seriously considering joining in.
When I rescued Agana in South Carolina she was terrified of all things, except Kota who she immediately fell in love with. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-NPi-ew2kg
But today almost three years later she is very social and touchable by just two of us at the sanctuary, myself and Crystal my Assistant Director.
Today as we began to get Kota ready for a walk Agana gave all the right signals that she wanted to go with Kota, but she just couldn’t muster up enough courage.
But I am sure she will become just brave enough to go for walks very soon!
Kota goes for a walk video………