Research on the Communicative Skills of Dogs

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We all learn from one another and wolves, like dogs, can learn from us as well. Dogs are more skillful than great apes at a number of tasks in which they must read human communicative signals like indicating the location of hidden food. However, the main objective of these studies was to determine whether the skills that dog have today have arisen from the hundreds of years of domestication and co-evolution with humans, or if these were already in their genes from their wolf ancestors (Bates 2013). The modern wolf comes from a long history of canines, which have adapted to survive in many different environments. They adapt their diet to the food that is available where younger wolves watch and learn from the other members of the pack, a behavior commonly known as cultural transmission. The alpha wolves order the others on where to go, when to hunt and where to make a den. Wolves like dogs act upon orders. Genetic and archaeological evidence shows that humans domesticated wolves on more than one occasion. Domesticated wolves provided early humans with a guard animal, a source of food, fur, and a beast of burden. The process continues to this day, with the intentional artificial selection and crossbreeding of dogs to create new breeds. The objective of these studies was to answer the question whether their roots were present before dogs became man’s best friend or not? Friederike Range and Zsófia Virányi of the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary
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