The Genetics of How Dogs Became Our Social Allies: A Reaction Paper

Since their domestication about 15000 years ago, dogs have portrayed an excellent ability to cooperate and communicate with people. Consequently, they have become an ideal model for analyzing human behavior. Throughout the world, dogs have been trained to perform specific social roles, such as security and surveillance. These animals have become so close to human beings that they are often regarded as family. In their article, Jensen et al. explore the use of breeds as a model for studying personality genetics (334). The authors consider dogs as suitable candidates for evaluating the evolution of social behavior and, thus, enabling them serve as perfect inquest for human welfare and health.

The authors identified the critical abilities that enable dogs to comprehend human actions to demonstrate the sociability of these animals. For example, it is argued that these animals can understand spoken language (Jensen et al. 335). Compared to wolves, they portray varied vocalizations, particularly in their barking, which proves their ability to communicate with humans. Additionally, when they are faced with a problem, dogs tend to run to humans for assistance whereas wolves do not do so. As proved by the authors of the article, dogs are highly capable of creating a social bond with their owners, a feature that is attributable to their higher oxytocin levels compared to that of other animals.

The article attributes the existence of strong similarities between human and dogs’ behaviors to the phenotypically dictated genes. The authors opine that dogs can be used to understand the behavior as well as evolution genetics. Additionally, they can serve as a model for human welfare and health. The article, together with other research works on the topic, is critical to understanding why it is easier to develop social ties with dogs than it is with other animals.




Work Cited

Jensen, Per, et al. “The Genetics of How Dogs Became Our Social Allies.” Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol. 25, no. 5, 2016, pp. 334-338.