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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  • From free-ranging dogs to wolves

    (27.06.2017, Debottam Bhattacharjee)

    Life is all about exploring and knowing different things. Working in the field of animal behaviour has given me such an opportunity. I always loved dogs, but never thought of doing research in it. For me, they were Man’s best friend, roaming everywhere freely in the streets of India. One cannot really tease apart the behaviours by just looking at them. When I first started working on free-ranging dogs, my curiosity level increased drastically. It is surprising how these animals share the same environment with humans and utilize almost similar ecological niche.

  • The crossroads

    (23.06.2017, Mónica Boada)

    When I came to the Wolf Science Center (WSC) it was for a 6-month internship, but my intention was never staying only for 6 months. I was planning to stay as long as possible. As I have said before, this center seemed ideal for me and I didn’t want to let go the opportunity of working here. The best option was doing a PhD so I was determined to give my best and earn a position to fulfil my dream of performing behavioural research on wolves. 

  • The last mile

    (16.06.2017, Nina Stalknecht)

    As I’m entering the last two weeks of my internship I can’t help but look back at my stay here. These past seven months have been an amazing time, during which I have come to learn much about the animals, others and myself. It hasn’t always been easy, and there were definitely a few bumps on the road, but the fun times and interactions with the animals more than make up for them. And besides if things would be easy they would just be boring and thus not worth doing.

  • Seventeen Singing Voices

    (23.05.2017, Sarah Vlasitz)

    Sometimes my colleagues like to poke fun at me for having to get up so early in the morning. My work day begins at 6am, when our wolves are the most “talkative”. I’m here to record their howls, after all.

  • Measuring inequity on the touchscreen?

    (15.05.2017, Lina Oberließen)

    In my study at the WSC I´m testing if wolves and/ or dogs prefer an equitable over an inequitable reward distribution. Using our specially designed touchscreen, animals can choose between different reward distributions by selecting one of two symbols. For each symbol animals receive two rewards which are delivered consecutively at two different reward locations. During training, the particular animal can go to both reward locations and eat the rewards.