Dogs and Wolves Are Both Good at Cooperating

A team of researchers have found that dogs and wolves are equally good at cooperating with partners to obtain a reward. When tested in same-species pairs, dogs and wolves proved equally successful and efficient at solving a given problem. This finding suggests that basic cooperation abilities were present in a common ancestor of dogs and wolves, and have not been lost in the domestication process.

Max Planck Institute


Juliane Bräuer, Katharina Stenglein, Federica Amici: Dogs (Canis familiaris) and wolves (Canis lupus) coordinate with conspecifics in a social dilemma,Journal of Comparative Psychology, DOI: 10.1037/com0000208