Why Do Wolves Tilt Their Heads?

SCIENCE Do dogs and wolves hear better when they tilt their heads? Do humans? (Reddit LifeProTips) Use our resources to get some tips on teaching about wolves. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Why do dogs, wolves, and other canids tilt their heads when listening? Canids tilt their heads to determine the vertical placement of … Continue reading Why Do Wolves Tilt Their Heads?

Meet the Coywolf

SCIENCE It is rare for a new animal species to emerge in front of scientists’ eyes. But this seems to be happening in eastern North America. (The Economist) Use our resources to learn more about coywolves. Discussion Ideas The Economist article makes a case that the so-called coywolf is “greater than the sum of its parts.” Its parts include the DNA from three distinct species. … Continue reading Meet the Coywolf

What Makes a Great Sled Dog?

SPORTS A mixed heritage gives sled dogs their love of running, a desire to work, and a need for wild places. And right now, sled dogs around the world are busy preparing for the upcoming racing season, including the premier event—Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (National Geographic News) See what it takes to be a vet at the Iditarod. Teachers, scroll down for a … Continue reading What Makes a Great Sled Dog?

The ‘Last Great Race’ Is On

SPORTS Athletes are mushing across the Alaskan wilderness in hopes of becoming top dog in the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (National Geographic News) Read our interview with current Iditarod leader Jeff King to better understand what it takes to win the ‘Last Great Race.’ Discussion Ideas Read through our terrific 2010 article on the Iditarod. What are some of the most difficult obstacles … Continue reading The ‘Last Great Race’ Is On

First Dogs May Have Been European

SCIENCE Man’s best friends may have started off as European wolves, according to scientists whose research is challenging earlier thinking around how dogs became domestic animals. (National Geographic News, New York Times) Use our resources to better understand domestication and its discontents. Discussion Ideas The idea that dogs evolved from wolves or a common ancestor is hardly a new idea. In fact, dogs’ scientific name, … Continue reading First Dogs May Have Been European