RCC-RILL class explores canine evolution

Back by popular demand . . . “Nature of Dogs,” a class from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL), is being repeated for the benefit of those who could not attend previously. The three sessions, to be held October 7, 14, and 21 (Fridays), from 1 to 3 p.m., at RCC’s Warsaw Campus, Room 118, will be taught by Dr. Gregory Boeshaar.

“Nature of Dogs” will be held October 7, 14, and 21 at RCC’s Warsaw Campus

This course reviews the current understanding of the evolution of dogs from the gray wolf, and their differentiation into a wealth of breeds. Knowledge of the behaviors by which modern dogs reflect their wolf ancestry helps us to communicate with our dogs during training, and in many other ways. The first session will consider how genotyping established the relationship of dogs with their remote ancestors. Session Two will look at the evolution of dogs from wolves, and at the wolf origins of some modern dog behavior. The final session will explore our growing awareness of the complexity of dog behavior and the bond between dogs and humans.

Dr. Boeshaar is a knowledgeable dog lover. For twenty-five years, he has enjoyed training and titling Golden Retrievers and one Akita in American Kennel Club standards of obedience and agility. He currently enjoys the company of five Border Collies. Those familiar with RILL’s course offerings will remember Dr. Boeshaar from his numerous astronomy classes.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Nature of Dogs” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2016.