There has also been a long standing working relationship between dogs and humans, which further cements our symbiotic relationship . “We know that dogs were useful for lots of things in Stone Age culture, as draft animals, in hunting, for warmth, and for protection,” said Jennifer Leonard, a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Herding dogs, hunting dogs, tracking dogs and sled dogs have been joined by a plethora of modern day working dogs. From rescue dogs to assistance dogs, from war dogs to cadaver dogs, our best friends have made themselves indispensable.
In many ways, we have become as dependent on them as they are on us.