A dog’s new favourite activity has helped the species reach the milestone of the millennium, with scientists predicting that it will be more social and cooperative than it has been for decades.
The research, published in the journal Science Advances, said that dogs will be able to share more space in their homes and the same genes that control their behaviour will be in play in the environment.
Dogs are now the most common species on Earth, with around 10 million being born every year.
However, their presence on the planet is not well understood.
This new study has found that dogs have evolved an ’emotional bond’ with each other, with the bond being crucial to their survival.
In the study, researchers found that in addition to being able to communicate with their owners through the sounds of the door, they can also respond to their owners by barking, licking and playing games, as well as providing food for their families.
It also found that, although they may be social creatures, they will also be more cooperative when it comes to handling and keeping their food.
“Dogs have evolved a social bond, which is crucial to survival,” said lead researcher Dr Joanna Schmitt, from the University of Reading.
“When the dog starts to feel like he or she is the owner of the dog, they become more cooperative and cooperative with each others food.”
The study, which looked at the evolution of two genes in the dogs genome, found that one gene, called KATC1, is linked to behaviour.
By studying the dogs behaviour, researchers were able to pinpoint the genetic changes that are linked to this gene and how they affected the dog’s ability to act as a social companion.
“The more dogs become social, the more they are affected by KATG1, the social learning gene,” Dr Schmitt said.
“They are social dogs, and this means they need to learn to associate with their human owners, but it also means they have to learn a lot more than we would like.”
Dr Schmitt and her colleagues found that the changes that dogs made to their behaviour in response to human behaviour are linked in some way to the changes they make to their gene.
For example, dogs that had been bred for a social life would become more sociable.
Other research has also shown that the more dogs have been socialised, the bigger their social network.
Dr Schmidt said that, while the research has not yet been replicated, it showed that dogs are more likely to be socialised when they have been bred to be this way.
“We know that when we breed for the social life, we are breeding for dogs who are more social than others,” Dr Schroeder said.
She added that it was important to note that dogs could be social animals, as long as they had been socialized for a very long time.
“People can still breed their dogs to be sociable, but there is a higher risk that they may become less social as they age,” Dr Schritt said.
“If you breed a dog for socialisation, it is the breeding that will cause it to have a bad social life.”
Dr Schroeder believes that dogs should not be socialising as much as they used to, but said the changes needed to be made to ensure they are not too dependent on humans for their happiness.
To be sure, dogs will not be the only animals to benefit from a digital era.
As technology is used to save lives in hospitals, nursing homes and schools, the potential for a digital society to become a more common presence on our planet is huge.
“Digital technologies are becoming more and more pervasive in our daily lives, so we are entering a digital age where it will become more and different from the days of animals being used for food or keeping pets,” Dr Schmidt said.