Domestication has not made dogs cooperate more with each other compared to wolves

Following domestication, dogs should be more tolerant and cooperative with conspecifics and humans compared to wolves. This is at least often hypothesized. But, looking at wolves and dogs in more naturalistic living conditions speaks for more cooperative behavior of wolves. Researchers at Vetmeduni Vienna have now shown that the wild ancestors are actually excelling their domesticated relatives in teamwork. In an experimental approach dogs failed to cooperatively pull the two ends of a rope at the same time to obtain a piece of food. The wolves, on the other hand, showed perfect teamwork. They even waited for a partner to come before pulling the rope ends together for food. PNAS (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)