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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  • First test trials

    (23.04.2016, Dennis Vink)

    I’ve only been at the WSC for three weeks, and already it feels like home. These first weeks I’ve been getting to know the people, the animals, working protocols and my way around the park. Furthermore, now that I’m completely settled in my storage-, bathroom-, fridge- and freezer-shelves, and with an endless watch-list of movies for our “home-cinema”, returning to the WSC house feels like coming home. Even after my first weekend visit back in the Netherlands. 

  • Back home

    (11.04.2016, Corinna Kratz)

    For the last 5 weeks, I am back at the WSC, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. In summer 2014, I was here for the first time to do a research internship and I fell in love with the people, the animals, the nature and mostly, the howling of the wolves. When I left the WSC, I knew for sure, that I would come back. On the one hand, I adopted one of the puppies from the Nuru pack, Zazu, and agreed to return to the WSC every now and then to let Zazu participate in several tests. On the other hand, I never really wanted to leave the WSC in the first place (but a master position in behavioral biology in Göttingen was waiting for me), so I made the decision to come back for my master thesis. And here I am.

  • Changes in the internship

    (08.04.2016, Anna Griebler)

    In November last year I started my non-scientific internship at the WSC. My tasks are to take care of the animals, keep the facility clean and help in the office and during different tests. With the dogs I had (and have) a lot of indirect contact during the daily animal care. With the wolves, except our weekly pack visits, I hardly had indirect contact.

  • The next generation

    (29.03.2016, Lars Burkert)

    If you live at the WSC for as long as I have, it is possible to reach a point where you will feel like a species on the brink of extinction; my nickname “polar bear” seems quite fitting.
    Soon, the last member of the generation of students, living in the house when I arrived will leave. All the friends I came to like and with whom I spent five months under the same roof left the house one by one. It takes some time to get used to the feeling of not being able to see the people you had around you for a long time every day anymore.

  • Love or laziness

    (23.03.2016, Sylvain Palma Jacinto)

    I’ve been at the WSC for almost 3 months now and since the beginning of my internship I’ve been part of a project where we first have to teach the wolves and dogs to use a touch screen. In total we have 20 animals to test and that means 20x training with unique individuals, and sometimes it can be quite difficult. We have, in general, two types of animals: the fast ones and the slow ones. Sadly we have more slow animals, but we can’t just blame them, and it’s what makes it interesting. Some animals are not very comfortable in our test room and have to get used to it before we can start testing. For those of you that haven’t been in the test rooms: basically they have solid floors and tiled walls. This makes the room really echoey, and even some of the interns don’t really like being shut in the room. Mostly though this can be fixed through habituation and making being in the room a pleasent experience, i.e. through associating the room with ‘fun time’ or food. Sometimes though we encounter a completely different type of problem - like with Bora for example.