Integrating social ecology in explanations of wolf–dog behavioral differences

ELSEVIER, Behavioral Sciences 2017, 16:80–86

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Whereas studies in comparative cognition normally invoke ecology and social organization to account for differences in social behaviour and cognition across species, dog–wolf differences have so far been explained mostly as a result of direct human selection for desirable traits. Yet, as will be reviewed in this paper, dogs and wolves also differ considerably in both their feeding niche and social organization.