DO DOGS FORM REAL FRIENDSHIPS?

DO DOGS FORM ‘REAL’ FRIENDSHIPS?

People have best friends but do our canines need best friends and are they capable of maintaining long lasting friendships?

Take the brave Labrador nicknamed ‘ Gracie ‘ who kept vigil in traffic, next to his companion, a Golden Retriever, killed by a car yesterday in La Puente, California.This shows a tremendous example of canine loyalty and shows that canines are capable of forming close friendships and strong bonds with other dogs. These two dogs were obviously playful pals and “Gracie” was protecting her Golden Retriever buddy from the cars that were whizzing past. She was also trying to get attention and help for the dying Retriever who unfortunately passed away.

Vilmos Cysani explains that selective breeding of dogs over time has produced animals that may form strong bonds, and have emotional empathy with humans. But what about with each other? There’s not enough scientific data on dogs and their K9 friendships.

Many scientists are hesitant to attribute friendship to our furry-friends because of the scientific bias against domestic animals and familiar breeds such as dogs. The bond that ‘Gracie’ formed with the Retriever was obviously poignant, dramatic and strong. Because of this strong bond between the dogs, ‘Gracie’ was willing to wait for help for her canine companion in the midst of busy traffic. Watch the video! What does that tell you?

Claudia Bensimoun

Freelance writer

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2 thoughts on “DO DOGS FORM REAL FRIENDSHIPS?

  1. That video is very upsetting! I have a 2 year old Golden Retriever named Stuart so it’s a little too close seeing that.

    Yes, I believe dogs build friendships. I take Stuart to a dog park every day and he will stand at the top of the hill until he sees Tyson (a boxer.. lol). Once he sees him, his tail starts to wag and he whimpers until I take him off the leash. If he doesn’t see him, he walks calmly until we get inside the unleash area.

    I call that a dog friendship.

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