Dogs and Wolves Can Both Cooperate With Humans, But This is Where They Differ

New research finds that when socialized with humans and kept under similar conditions, dogs and wolves can both cooperate with a familiar human partner, but wolves are more inclined to take the lead, while dogs are more likely to wait for a human to take the lead.

Wolf Science Center researchers in Vienna analyzed wolves housed at their facility for the study since their wolves have had extensive contact with humans. Wolves and dogs were tasked with working with a human to pull an end of the rope at the same time to move a platform of food forward and within reach.

Dogs and wolves were equally successful at working with humans, but wolves were more likely to try other methods, such as stealing the rope from the trainer.