Partner preferences and asymmetries in social play among domestic dog, Canis lupus familiaris, littermates

@article{Ward2008PartnerPA,
  title={Partner preferences and asymmetries in social play among domestic dog, Canis lupus familiaris, littermates},
  author={Camille Ward and Erika B. Bauer and Barbara B. Smuts},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2008},
  volume={76},
  pages={1187-1199}
}
We videotaped behaviour in four litters of domestic dogs to explore social play and the development of relationships within litters. We collected data when the puppies were between 3 and 40 weeks of age, but collection times varied by litter. We divided data analysis into three time periods to coincide approximately with critical periods in the early social development of dogs. Early play-partner preferences were associated with preferences in later time periods, and the tendency for puppies to… 

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