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A new look at domestication: the role of oxytocin in wolves’ and dogs’ social relationships with conspecific and human partners.

OT in wolves and dogs
Coordination in general
Marshall Sarah
WWTF Cognitive Sciences Call 2015
Type of Research
Basic research
Range F., Project team member
Vetmed Research Units
Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology
Projekt partner
Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Deutscher Platz 6, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Funded by
Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds (WWTF), Schlickgasse 3/12, 1090 Wien, Austria
11 Publications

Wetzels, SU; Strachan, CR; Conrady, B; Wagner, M; Burgener, IA; Virányi, Z; Selberherr, E (2021): Wolves, dogs and humans in regular contact can mutually impact each other's skin microbiota. Sci Rep. 2021; 11(1):17106
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Wirobski, G; Range, F; Schaebs, FS; Palme, R; Deschner, T; Marshall-Pescini, S (2021): Life experience rather than domestication accounts for dogs' increased oxytocin release during social contact with humans. Sci Rep. 2021; 11(1):14423
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Wirobski, G; Schaebs, FS; Range, F; Marshall-Pescini, S; Deschner, T (2021): Analytical and physiological validation of an enzyme immunoassay to measure oxytocin in dog, wolf, and human urine samples. Sci Rep. 2021; 11(1):12793
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Pedretti, G; Wirobski, G; Range, F; Marshall-Pescini, S (2021): Artificially elevated oxytocin concentrations in pet dogs are associated with higher proximity-maintenance and gazing towards the owners. Physiol Behav. 2021; 237:113451
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Schaebs, FS; Wirobski, G; Marshall-Pescini, S; Range, F; Deschner, T (2021): Validation of a commercial enzyme immunoassay to assess urinary oxytocin in humans. Endocr Connect. 2021; 10(3):290-301
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Wirobski, G; Range, F; Schaebs, FS; Palme, R; Deschner, T; Marshall-Pescini, S (2021): Endocrine changes related to dog domestication: Comparing urinary cortisol and oxytocin in hand-raised, pack-living dogs and wolves. Horm Behav. 2021; 128:104901
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Schaebs, FS; Deschner, T; Range, F; Karl, S; Marshall-Pescini, S (2020): Consistency and efficacy of two methods of intranasal oxytocin application in dogs. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 2020; 72:106436

Marshall-Pescini, S; Schaebs, FS; Gaugg, A; Meinert, A; Deschner, T; Range, F (2019): The Role of Oxytocin in the Dog-Owner Relationship. Animals (Basel). 2019; 9(10):792
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Schaebs, FS; Marshall-Pescini, S; Range, F; Deschner, T (2019): Analytical validation of an Enzyme Immunoassay for the measurement of urinary oxytocin in dogs and wolves. Gen Comp Endocrinol. 2019; 281:73-82

Cafazzo, S; Marshall-Pescini, S; Lazzaroni, M; Virányi, Z; Range, F (2018): The effect of domestication on post-conflict management: wolves reconcile while dogs avoid each other. R Soc Open Sci. 2018; 5(7):171553
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Marshall-Pescini, S; Cafazzo, S; Virányi, Z; Range, F (2017): Integrating social ecology in explanations of wolf–dog behavioral differences. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 2017; 16: 80-86
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