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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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  • 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. 

  • A scientific conference

    (25.07.2016, Lena Jeanson)
    Gala Dinner

    From the 12 th – 15 th of July, the 8 th European Conference on Behavioural Biology took place in Vienna. This was a scientific conference for researchers from across Europe. The topics were cooperation, cognition and communication in different animal species and this was of course of special interest to the students of the WSC.

  • First Impressions

    (21.07.2016, Luisa Hofberger)

    I’ve been at the WSC for 2 weeks now and I am slowly getting familiar with everything. Every day I tell myself that I will explore the surroundings when I have free time. I want to go up to the castle, the woods and the neighboring village. However, as soon as I have free time I just want to sit on the couch doing nothing. I am still very tired all the time from all the new impressions and things I have to learn but I think it will get better over time. Working here is an experience unlike any other and I am looking forward to spending the next few months here.

  • Here comes the extra time

    (04.07.2016, Lars Burkert)

    In my last blog entry, I wrote that I would like to stay forever at the WSC. Seeing as my official date of departure was five days ago, you could say I am one step closer to this aim. I applied for the Animal Trainer position here and I was offered the job. I am already very excited about my new job, which starts tomorrow.