“Here’s a treat for you!” – Dogs share food with other dogs even in complex situations

Humans aren’t the only species to exhibit behaviour benefiting others of their kind, such as helping or sharing. Dogs also share their food, albeit mainly with four-legged friends rather than strangers. A new study conducted by behavioural biologists from Messerli Research Institute, Vetmeduni Vienna, has now confirmed this prosocial behaviour among canines. The more complex methodology of the study, however, showed that the experimental set-up has an impact on the dogs’ behaviour and that even the mere presence of another dog makes the animals more generous. On the other hand, prosocial dogs remained less charitable with unfamiliar partners. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)