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  Title The Way From Wolf to Dog
  Speaker Clive D. L. Wynne
  Date(s) March 12, 2011
  Location Wolf Park, Battle Ground, Indiana
  Fee $195.00
  Host Organization Wolfpark
  Contact Person Denise Pearson
  Contact Email
  Contact Phone 765-567-2265 ext 100

  Description of Seminar/Conference

Everyone knows the tame domestic dog is descended from the wolf. But how did we get from the grand gray wolf to the little mottled dog?

I shall address this question in three ways.

First I consider what really is the difference between a wolf and a dog. I shall describe our research at Wolf Park on the cognition of wolves in which we found that many of the claimed fundamental differences in intelligence between wolves and dogs were artifacts of different ways that researchers had tested dogs and wolves.

Second I outline a trip I made in September to Siberia to see the "tame" foxes created by Dimitri Belyaev and his colleagues. These animals really are amazingly friendly - but what conclusions about dogs can we draw from them?

Finally, I show that confusion in trying to understand the origins of dogs in wolves stems from looking in the wrong place for the wrong wolves - and for the wrong reasons.

Clive D. L. Wynne is a professor of psychology at the University of Florida and Director of Research at Wolf Park. He has been studying cognition
in dogs and other canids for some years and will be teaching a one-day seminar at Wolf Park discussing the origins of the domestic dog.




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