Study: Wolves Better Than Dogs At Cooperation

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Published on 16 Oct 2017, 19:47
New research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is debunking a popular theory about dogs and wolves. The published experiment, which was led by Sarah Marshall-Pescini from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, showed that dogs are far worse at intra-species cooperation than wolves and that domestication probably weakened cooperative abilities among dogs. For the experiment, Marshall-Pescini used groups of dogs and wolves that were raised similarly at the Wolf Science Center in Vienna. She challenged them with a rope-pulling test, in which the dogs or wolves could only access food if they pulled on separate ends of the rope at the same time. The wolves consistently outperformed the dogs.

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