There's something about those canids that just draw us in. Is it the eyes that glow with amazing intelligence? Is it their social behavior that appeals to us, another social species? Whatever makes canids appealing to you, Viva la Difference! Take your understanding of canid behavior to a whole new level!
What is the difference between taming and domestication? What makes some breeds so darn challenging, and why are wild canids not great pets? What behaviors do dogs and wolves share? This workshop answers these questions as we look in depth at the structure and anatomy that underlies the behavioral differences, and the connection between the two.
Through interactions with Wolf Park's socially imprinted foxes and wolves, we will get an up close look at how taming or imprinting modifies behavior without changing the essential nature of the animal. Using video, hands-on exhibits and discussion we will look in detail at dog and wolf behavior in general, and more specifically, contrasted with the specifics selected for in various breeds or groups. While each dog is an individual, selective breeding has shaped some interesting variations on "generic dog." Learn how these differences are expressed, and why they can create confusion, frustration and conflict between dogs as well as between dogs and their humans.
Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of canids, new observation skills, and quite possibly the memory of a fox sitting on your shoulder or a wolf gliding by for a scratch.
Suzanne Clothier and Wolf Park's Pat Goodmann have a lifetime of living with and working with animals of many species, with more than 60 years combined experience with canids. Their passion for and knowledge about canine behavior makes this seminar a must attend event!