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Why Dogs, Unlike Wolves, Can Be Tamed
Date:1/24/2013

li," Lord explained. "As each sense engages, wolf pups experience a new round of sensory shocks that dog puppies do not."

Dog pups only begin to explore and walk after their senses of smell, hearing and sight are functioning.

"It's quite startling how different dogs and wolves are from each other at that early age, given how close they are genetically," Lord said. "A litter of dog puppies at 2 weeks are just basically little puddles, unable to get up or walk around. But wolf pups are exploring actively, walking strongly with good coordination and starting to be able to climb up little steps and hills."

She said these significant differences in dog and wolf pups' development and experiences make a major difference in their ability to form attachments to other species, notably humans.

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-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, news release, Jan. 18, 2013


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