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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.

“The Hour Between Wolf and Dog” with Dr. Clive Wynne, Dr. Monique Udell & Dr. Mariana Bentosela

August 6-7, 2022 *New Dates!

$245 in-person | $145 virtual

The French saying, “The Hour Between Dog and Wolf,” refers to the hours of dusk when it is hard to differentiate a wolf from a dog. In this seminar we will explore this grey area between two closely related but often behaviorally and cognitively quite different species. We are three university professors and friends who have been studying dog and wolf behavior for over fifteen years – including repeated visits to Wolf Park. We will start by reviewing the latest findings from archeology and archaeogenetics on the origins of dogs, before focusing on the nature of the dog-human relationship and how dogs differ from their wolf ancestors in the formation of affectionate bonds. A strong focus in our presentations will be on helping seminarians distinguish between strong canine cognition research and nonsense non-science. If the wolves are willing, we will also demonstrate how some of our studies are carried out. We are planning on a fun weekend of teaching, learning, research and wolf howls!


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.

Monique Udell, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and an Associate Professor of Animal & Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University, where she directs the Human-Animal Interactions Lab and teaches courses on Animal Behavior, Cognition and Learning. Her research focuses on the social behavior and cognition of a variety of species including cats, dogs, wolves, sheep, and humans with a special interest in the influence of lifetime experience on behavioral development, welfare and learning. Much of her work focuses on the development of human-animal bonds, and the impact that these bonds can have on the behavior and success of both species. Dr. Udell is also the Co-director of an imitation-based dog training intervention program dedicated to improving the physical activity and quality of life of children with and without developmental disabilities and their family dog. To find out more visit: https://thehumananimalbond.com/

Mariana Bentosela, PhD, is a Principal Researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Argentina, where she leads the Canid Behavior Research Group (ICOC). Her studies focus on how learning as well as different ontogenetic experiences modify the socio-cognitive abilities of domestic dogs, such as communication, emotional contagion, helping behavior and the rewarding value of the interaction with humans. In her work, she has compared dogs’ populations that differ in their daily interactions with humans (pet dogs, kennel and shelter dogs, trained dogs, animal assisted interventions dogs). Additionally, she has compared dogs with other non-domesticated canids such as wolves and foxes. She is interested in providing knowledge about dogs’ social behaviors and how they may be modified or improved through their interaction with humans, which can increase the welfare of both species and enhance the dog-human relationship. Please visit: https://canids.com.ar


Continuing Education Units

This seminar has been approved for 3 CEUs for trainers and 12 CEUs for behavior consultants  through CCPDT.


Dates, Cost, & Dietary Information

The seminar will be held on August 6-7, 2022 from 10am – 5pm (EST). The price is $245. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please let us know during registration if you have any special dietary needs or restrictions. If you would like to attend virtually, the price is $145 and a zoom link will be provided.

Tentative Schedule

Day 1: The Origin of the Dog and the Science of Human-Dog Relationships

Time TBD | Wolf behavioral observation with Pat Goodmann (optional)
9:30 – 10:00am | Gathering – coffee/snacks
10:00am – 12:00pm | Clive: From Wolf to Dog: Origins and history of a special canid
12:00 – 1:00 pm | Lunch
1:00-3:00pm |  Monique: Does your dog love you? The science behind dog-human bonds.
3:00-4:00pm | Mariana (VIRTUAL): How helpful are dogs? An overview of rescue behavior experiments.
4:00-5:00 | Q&A

Day 2: Dog and Wolf Cognition Compared and Contrasted

9:30 – 10:00am | Gathering – coffee/snacks
10:00am – 12:00pm | Clive What makes dogs special?
12:00 – 1:00pm | Lunch
1:00 – 2:00pm | Wolf Research Demonstration
2:00 – 4:00 pm | Monique: Individuality and influence: Interpreting canine cognition research
4:00 – 5:00pm | Q&A


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 12/31/22. 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.


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