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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2018

Authors: Cafazzo, S; Marshall-Pescini, S; Lazzaroni, M; Virányi, Z; Range, F

Title: The effect of domestication on post-conflict management: wolves reconcile while dogs avoid each other.

Source: R Soc Open Sci. 2018; 5(7):171553



Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Cafazzo Simona
Lazzaroni Martina
Marshall Sarah
Range Friederike
Viranyi Zsofia

Vetmed Research Units
Messerli Research Institute, Comparative Cognition
Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology


Project(s): The semantics of talking with the eyes and gestures: The hormonal and cognitive underpinings of comprehending co-operative intentional communication in domestic dogs and wolves

Understanding the proximate mechanisms of canine cooperation

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


Abstract:
Highly cooperative social species are expected to engage in frequent reconciliation following conflicts in order to maintain pack cohesiveness and preserve future cooperation. By contrast, in social species with low reliance on cooperation, reconciliation is expected to be less frequent. Here, we investigate the pattern of reconciliation in four captive wolf packs and four captive dog packs. We provide evidence for reconciliation in captive wolves, which are highly dependent on cooperation between pack members, while domestic dogs, which rely on conspecific cooperation less than wolves, avoided interacting with their partners after conflicts. Occurrence, intensity, latency, duration and initiation of wolf reconciliations appeared to vary as a consequence of a compromise between the costs (e.g. risk of further aggression) and the benefits (e.g. restoring relationship with opponents) of such interactions. Our results are in line with previous findings on various wolf packs living under different social and ecological conditions, suggesting that reconciliation is an important strategy for maintaining functional relationships and pack cohesiveness. However, current results on dogs are in contrast to the only other study showing that reconciliation can occur also in this species. Therefore, the occurrence of reconciliation in dogs may be influenced by social and environmental conditions more than in wolves. Which factors promote and modulate reconciliation in dogs needs to be further investigated.


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