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Can Walkies Tell Who's the Leader of the Pack?

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Caption: Dogs' paths during group walks could be used to determine leadership roles and through that their social ranks and personality traits, say researchers from Oxford University, Eötvös University, Budapest, and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Using high-resolution GPS harnesses, scientists tracked the movements of six dogs and their owner across 14 30-40 minute walks off the lead. The dogs' movements were measurably influenced by underlying social hierarchies and personality differences. The video shows the dogs, of the Vizsla breed, equipped with GPS harnesses running and playing in a large field near Budapest on one of these walks.

Credit: Enikő Kubinyi

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