01-09-2015, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by amaryllis
The reason you don't see childlike street dogs is (a) the childlike ones die, and (b) the more feral dogs get, the more they lose neotony, which is a feature of domestication, which is what causes the childlike quality. It's inappropriate to compare a truly domesticated pet to a feral animal.
that`s very interesting. although i think you`re neglecting a lot of "gray area" between the two. for an example, the loose dog in the village is not homeless or feral - he is a pet. he just can come and go as he pleases. he starts his day (after breakfast i assume) by doing the village check then he goes back home and does the village check again in the evening. when his owner goes somewhere in the village (the store, to visit someone etc) he goes with him. owner usually bikes and the dog runs along. when the owner goes into someone`s home, the dog sits and waits patiently. he gets along with everyone, is not overly friendly with strangers - rather takes his time to evaluate them from a far but once`s he knows you, he comes and greets you merrily. he gets along with every other dog in the village, even the mad, 24/7 on the chain ones. he is smart
and i believe he`s like this because he has had to learn on his own.