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Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition$
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Ádám Miklósi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646661.001.0001

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Affiliative and agonistic social relationships

Affiliative and agonistic social relationships

(p.223) Chapter 11 Affiliative and agonistic social relationships
Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition

Ádám Miklósi

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the social relationships of dogs. It moves away from the traditional and relatively restricted approach of interpreting social relationships in terms of dominance hierarchy in favour of a social network approach. Affiliative and agonistic interactions are viewed as part of the same complex system that consists of a range of different patterns of social behaviour. In line with the ethocognitive model, the investigation is separated into two levels. At the functional level the model recognizes that behavioural similarities between dogs and humans could be the result of convergent evolution; at the same time, at the level of mechanism the question is, how was the behavioural control system of the wolf affected that led to the observed changes in dogs?

Keywords:   social relationships, ethocognitive model, social life, social network, behavioural control, wolf, affiliation, agonistic interactions

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