The force is strong with this one

Jim Webster

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Every so often you read something in the paper which grabs your attention. For me this was a piece I saw about wolves. Apparently researchers, working with wolf cubs who’d had no contact with humans, tried throwing a ball for them so see what happened.

It seems that the cubs in two litters ignored it completely, but the cubs in a third litter chased it and brought it back to the human (a species they’d never met) so that the person could throw it again.

Now researchers have always assumed that this behaviour is something that wolves/dogs have learned since they were domesticated. But it seems not. It’s something innate in the species, at least at some level.
Now I wouldn’t claim to be the world’s finest trainer of working dogs, or even to be a good one. But my experience is that you do not teach the dog new…

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