Why Is That Dog Looking At Me?

Image source: Monique Udell

Image source: Monique Udell

Check out some of the fascinating research done at Wolf Park!

Why Is That Dog Looking At Me?

More than one experiment has made some things pretty clear. Dogs look at humans much more than wolves do. Wolves tend to put their nose to the Tupperware [container holding the food treat] and keep at it. This evidence has led to the unsurprising conclusion that dogs are more socially connected to humans and wolves more self-reliant.

Once you get beyond the basics, however, agreement is elusive.

Click on the link above to see how Dr. Monique Udell’s recent research paper, referenced in the article, indicates the differences in how socialized (hand raised) wolves and pet dogs deal with problems they can’t immediately solve on their own (tough-to-open containers of food) while in the presence of humans.  Some of the research was performed at Wolf Park!  Our critters had a lot of fun trying to open her containers (and occasionally peeing on them)….can you recognize the Wolf Park wolf pictured above, who participated in the research?

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