Dogs provide humans with what they lack the most, ‘unconditional love’. But when it comes to sharing food with a pack, they avoid it when no gain is involved. This is according to the findings of a research by the Wolf Science Project of Vienna. The research also said that wolves, the wilder cousins of dogs, tend to be a lot more selfless when it comes to feeding their own pack.
Both dogs and wolves tend not to show any interest in animals which do not belong to the pack, but within the pack too wolves have shown to be more open to food sharing, according to the survey. Food sharing is one of the key factors of social behaviour that studied amongst animals. Generally, animals tend to be more open to sharing food with their kin. However, wolves which hunt in packs have developed a group mentality, by hunting and sharing food together.
Like human? Like Wolf
This research dispels myths that dogs developed their co-operation skills from their long association with humans. According to the research, they could have inherited it from their vulpine cousins.
Even within a pack, dogs tend to hunt alone but wolves do not do so. “Wolves depend on cooperative hunting and breeding, with all pack members feeding the young each year, whereas free-ranging dogs show little allomaternal care and depend mostly on solitary scavenging. This change in their socio-ecology may have resulted in a loss of abilities to cooperate with each other,” says Wolf Science Center, in one of its researches.
Less give, less take
While dogs give less, they also take less. The pack mentality seems to have dulled down when it comes to dogs. While sharing hunting spoils, wolves tend to be more forthcoming, dogs tend not go and share food in order to avoid a conflict. It means they have less of ‘group thinking’ and solitary than thought to be earlier.
However, this research is mostly on wild dogs and not on pets dogs which seem to have developed a lot of social tendencies than one can give credit to an animal to. But if your pet dog isn’t sharing toys or food with another dog, you now know why. It is not in their genes!
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