I came across this fascinating article in the Washington Post on Monday and thought you’d find it an interesting read, too. “Dog people” will recognize a lot of the signals these researchers have noted about dogs’ play behavior. One paragraph that struck me as all-too-true was this one:
“What’s more, he found that canines “role-reverse” or “self-handicap” during play. When a big dog played with a smaller one, for example, the big dog often rolled on her back to give the smaller dog an advantage, and she allowed the other dog to jump on her far more often than she jumped on him.”
We see that all the time, not only when there’s a size difference but when there’s a “disability gap” (i.e., sighted vs. blind), and they have an uncanny way of working out a balance.
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