Dogs Are Better Partners to Humans Than to Other Dogs

Here is another interesting blog by Pam Hogel. Pam thank you for writing such excellent blogs.

Labrador and German Shepherd guide dogs nap at a seminar for guide dog teams.

Dogs are better partners to humans than to other dogs. Photo by Tara Schatz

The New York times recently published an article describing a study that compared dogs’ and wolves’ ability to perform cooperative tasks.

The article, and the short accompanying video, are somewhat disdainful in their assessment of the dogs, who did not perform as well as the wolves on the task. The rope-pulling task used for the study is one at which other species, including elephants, chimps, and multiple bird species, have succeeded. Two test subjects must pull on ropes at the same time in order to bring a tray with food rewards into reach. If only one dog pulls at the rope, he will pull it out of the test area without pulling the food tray to him, thus failing the test. (Alternatively, as an elephant discovered, one team member could stand on her rope and let her partner do all of the pulling. Neither the dogs nor the wolves appear to have discovered this method of freeloading.)

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