Behavior Development in the Dog: An Interspecific Analysis

Science  24 Nov 1967:
Vol. 158, Issue 3804, pp. 1070-1072
DOI: 10.1126/science.158.3804.1070


Young dogs were maintained in isolation from other dogs and under varying degrees of exposure to an alien species (mature rabbits). Parametric observations indicate that an interspecific social attachment develops during the initial hours of co-habitation. The later social interaction patterns of the dogs were influenced, but not irrevocably fixed, by the early cross-specific rearing experience.