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Who's (Socially) Smarter: The Dog or the Wolf? - ScienceNOW

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Dianne Ly
- 697 days ago -
Since they split from wolves, domestic dogs have changed in many ways. Unlike their wild ancestors, they're comfortable around humans, pay close attention to us, and follow orders--at least sometimes. That social intelligence is critical to making a dog

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Dianne Lynn Elko (750)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 12:35 am
The jury is still out on whether dogs have lost a mental ability. "What we need to see next is the same experiment but with humans teaching the dogs and wolves," says Timothy Bates, a psychologist at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. It may be that dogs have grown worse at learning, but "it could be that dogs just pay attention only to humans now." Range says that she has done the experiment to test that difference and is analyzing the data now.

Christeen Anderson (607)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 3:01 am
The jury is still out on this one. Thank you.

Kathy Chadwell (365)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 3:51 am
Wolves remain smarter,, they avoid humans. Not trusting humans proves it :)

Natasha Salgado (610)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 9:27 am
As an animal lover---to me all animals are special+all have some smarts! But this one is a tough pick. But I like Kathy's reasoning! Thx Dianne

Carlene D. (239)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 10:25 am
Well considering that all dogs descend from wolf I consider it a draw

Terry V. (30)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 11:21 am
And yet wolves are still being MURDERED......

And Man Created Dog

Constance F. (428)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 11:31 pm
Someone I met recently was just talking about the difference between dogs and wolves. They did do a study with wolves, dogs and chimpanzees and dogs always came up on top, but the final hypothesis was that dogs were not smarter but were adept at reading humans. I love what Kathy C said, and also what I intuitevely grasp and have heard. Wolves are much more socially intelligent with their own "kind. " That is why they learned.

Dianne Lynn Elko (750)
Friday May 31, 2013, 12:17 am
I agree with you Constance and Kathy.

Lauren Kozen (166)
Friday May 31, 2013, 5:02 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks.

ellen m. (222)
Friday May 31, 2013, 7:02 pm
No question about it - put Kathy and Constance's comments together and you have the answer in a nutshell.
Thanks Dianne, good post

Jelca Bruigom (74)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 4:41 pm
No doubt, sure interesting but all seems a case of same intelligence and part of smart habituation. We all need to focus on those we live with. They're both able to make a smart choice.

Jelca Bruigom (74)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 4:43 pm
By the way Terry V, hmmm dogs are also still being murdered. Also smart people get killed, often by stupid once.
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