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Everyday matters from the life among dogs and wolves

Anectotes from the daily life among dogs and wolves: our students, trainees and collaborators cover the newest ongoings at the WSC.

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  • Peaceful evenings in the soap bubble

    (31.08.2016, Lara Bernasconi)
    wild boar piglet

    Of course, since the reason I came here was to work on my master thesis on wolves and dogs, for me the wolves are the most fascinating animals here. And even though I can see them every day, every contact with them is special and they will never stop fascinating me. Therefore, since I love observing them, nothing is better than doing observations with the “pocket observer” we have here at the center. This is a smartphone app to record the social behaviours of our dogs and wolves, in order to establish the hierarchies of each pack, and the affiliation between pack members. This is an important part of the work we do at the WSC, both for the possibility of using those data for student projects investigating social relationships and also for the welfare of the animals in their pack.

  • Who is more aggressive: The dog or the wolf?

    This time a blog about research (23.08.2016, Luisa Hofberger)
    Set up

    Previous studies at the WSC discovered a difference in the aggressive behavior of dogs and wolves in the food-sharing context. Dogs have a steeper hierarchy and only the dominant animal is allowed to eat, whereas in wolves, even though both individuals show aggression, they also show co-feeding.

  • First days

    (19.08.2016, Antonio Sarcuni)
    Pigs

    Since I was I child I dreamt of this: to study wolves. So the WSC gave me the opportunity to make my dream come true, and I’m very glad about it. What I didn’t expect was the number of other animals here in the wild park.

  • Hand in hand, step by step...

    (02.08.2016, Franka S. Schaebs)
    Franka Schaebs


    Coming here I aimed at collecting as many urine samples from dogs and wolves as possible. Why urine? We want to measure oxytocin in urine samples of dogs and wolves. Oxytocin is a hormone that is known to be associated to increased tolerance and trust; it strengthens bonds and reduces fear and aggression. All of these factors play a role in the domestication process and the associated behavioral changes of animals.

  • First walk with Enzi

    (27.07.2016, Corinna Kratz)
    Enzi on the treadmill

    Enzi is the brother of my own dog, Zazu. They look extremely similar, although Zazu is a little bigger. Whenever I see Enzi, either during tests or also when passing his enclosure, I am immediately thinking of my own dog. That is why the students call Enzi ‘Blazu’, which refers to Black Zazu.