I’m training that wolf. I want it to trust me. When it’s tame, I shall strike!
I asked Rachel to take photos of my technique. Pity she managed to make such a mess of them. Still, you should be able to follow what I’m doing.
1. Call the wolf. You have to do this loudly: “Yeeeeeowwwwwwww-owwwwww-owwwww!” I can do this and scratch my ear at the same time; makes me look casual and unafraid.
The wolf will listen, fascinated; it hasn’t heard such a beautiful voice before. You now have its full attention.
2.Guide the wolf carefully into the front room. Good; it’s learned to follow you.
3. Take up your position. Continue to call: “Yeeeeooooowwww!” By now, the wolf is mesmerised. Walk away, confident that you now have a follower, and can call it at any time. Rachel has to bribe the wolf with treats to achieve such obedience, but not me; I have The Voice!
Thinking you have abandoned it, the wolf will lie down and gnaw miserably at one of its ridiculous fake bones. This gives you time to inspect its bed, and pop up somewhere else as a surprise.
4. Roll over, as though you want the wolf to come and play with you. It will be nervous, as is only right and proper. Playing with cats is dangerous to wolves.
5. Make the Play With Me sound: “Chirrr! Whrrrr!”
The wolf is in a dilemma – does it try to play, or does it run away?
The wolf doesn’t run away, but it is too scared to play. Instead, it hides its face on the sofa and trembles. It knows who is boss.
Excellent result for a first training session!
Next time: Physical Contact With The Enemy. Meantime, your homework is to practise your call: “Yeeeeowwwww!” Wolf training demands effort.