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Adult Wolves Use Playtime to Reinforce Their Dominance Over Puppies

posted Jul 29, 2016, 6:17 PM by chloe owens

5/20/16, European Commission – CORDIS

Adult wolves use playtime to reinforce their dominance over puppies

Adult wolves maintain their dominance over wolf puppies even during play, the EU-funded project CANCOOP has discovered. Play is viewed as competitive interaction between playmates used to test and improve their abilities in a safe setting…Wolves are highly social animals who rely on cooperation between individuals in a pack for breeding, hunting and defending their territory and food. CANCOOP, which will run until January 2018, is studying emotional and socio-cognitive processes in wolves including empathy, aversion to inequity and delayed gratification.