Feral children and dogs

Feral children, especially those raised by dogs like with Miss Oxana Malaya can shed light on human-dog socialisation. It’s one thing to talk about dogs acting like humans, it’s another if it’s the reverse. It could in a way say a lot about the degree of socialisation to humans.

Oxana Malaya is a Ukrainian woman who was raised with dogs throughout her childhood and was generally deprived of human contact until she got older. The fact that she was so heavily socialised to dogs that she had to be rehabilitated just to fit in better with most people after she’d been discovered.

Like I said, owned dogs that spend much of their time outdoors are going to be socialised to humans but not to the same extensive degree their indoor counterparts do and could tend to act semi-feral. They could comprehend human body language but their socialisation isn’t so strong so that would be to an extent.

They’re still social, just not usually so personal.

Andrei Poyarkov and dogs

Andrei Poyarkov is a Russian scientist who was going to study wolves but ended up with stray and semi-feral dogs if only because the latter’s more abundant. He categorised them into four depending on the niche they inhabited. The one most owned dogs actually fall into are those that guard premises.

They do observe and sense human feelings but not as well as indoor owned dogs do since they often spend their time outside and sometimes interact with and see humans. The second one would be dogs socialised to humans but not so personally and often beg for food.

The third are less socialised to humans if because they spend more time with other stray dogs and scavenge other. The fourth hunt in packs like wolves and are nocturnal and wary of humans. Other studies include more complicated incidents of dog behaviour and socialisation.

It shouldn’t be surprising for people who usually keep dogs for guarding and hunting often have dogs acting more feral and arguably more canine than what is increasingly expected of them.

The only thing true about dogs is their behavioural polymorphy and how it varies depending on their socialisation and niche.

Suspension of Disbelief

There seems to be double standards in suspension of disbelief when it comes to storytelling and overall presentation. If people are okay with skinny women being able to lift 5 tonnes, they should be okay with flying fat women.

I think superhuman men moving about in high heels would be involve more suspension of disbelief if only because we tend to see women wearing those at some point or another whether in fiction or in reality.

Perhaps such fictions are coloured by both authors’ biases and experiences though it takes a more open-minded one to venture into those out of curiosity and bravery. Nothing is impossible in fiction in theory though it takes a greater willingness to try out something new altogether.