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Wolf Park's seminars provide unique opportunities for professionals in the animal industry to advance their knowledge about animal training, welfare, and ethology from some of the top experts in the field. Our seminars are primarily lecture-based but often integrate training demonstrations and presentations from Wolf Park staff.

Helping Dogs in Difficulties (Virtual Seminar) with Clive Wynne, PhD

February 20, 2021 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm EST


Over 70 million dogs live in people’s homes in the United States and, for the most part, they get along very well. Sometimes, however, problems develop and these can lead to a breakdown in the dog-human relationship. Behavioral problems are among the most common reasons people give up their dogs, and yet little research has been carried out investigating the causes of problem behavior and how to modify it to improve the dog-human relationship.

Clive Wynne will introduce some basic principles of applied behavior analysis and show how they can be deployed to help dogs in the animal shelter and the home. Behavioral principles can be used to alter the behavior of shelter dogs to make them more adoptable in several low-cost ways. Behavioral principles also have great potential for common behavioral problems in the home, like separation-related problem behavior and stereotypical behavior.

The seminar will include a short discussion and training demonstration from Wolf Park staff on managing and modifying behavior in captive wolf ambassadors.

Topics Covered

  • Pavlovian conditioning
  • Operant conditioning
  • Adoptable behavior in the shelter
  • breed identification in the shelter
  • Separation anxiety
  • Stereotypical behavior
  • Managing behavior in captive wolves

Clive Wynne, PhD, is the director of research at Wolf Park, founding director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University (ASU), and author of the 2019 book Dog is Love. Prior to ASU, he founded the Canine Cognition and Behavior Laboratory at the University of Florida, the first lab of its kind in the United States. He has traveled from Nicaragua to Vienna to study dogs and wolves and gives frequent presentations to audiences across the world. His findings and insights appear in Psychology Today, New Scientist, New York Times, and within over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles that count among the most highly cited studies on dog psychology. In addition, Wynne has been featured in several television documentaries about dog science on National Geographic Explorer, PBS, and the BBC. He currently lives in Tempe, Arizona with his wife and their dog, Xephos.

Continuing Education Units

Pending approval.

Date and Cost

The seminar will be held February 20, 2021 from 12pm – 4pm (EST). The price is $40.

A recording of this seminar will be available for 2 weeks after the seminar concludes.

Refund Policy
Cancellations occurring greater than 10 days prior to the seminar can apply 75% of the registration fee to another seminar. Arrangements for transfer must occur by the end of the calendar year. If arrangements do not occur; your fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation. No refunds if cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the seminar. Only if the seminar is canceled by Wolf Park will the fee be refunded.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]