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A lesson from free-ranging dogs in India

Free-ranging/stray dogs that are present in many parts of the world, on the other hand, depend on humans as resources and interact with people on a regular basis. Hence, they can provide interesting insights into the nature of dogs and give pointers to how dogs might have evolved from wolf-like ancestors to become man’s best friend. I will give an overview of our understanding of how free-ranging dogs survive in the human-dominated urban environment, co-existing with our species.


- Parental care
- Cooperation conflict dynamics
- Human as resources
- Humans as threats
- Scavenging
- Dog-human bond
- Patterns in behavior

Anindita Bhadra established the Dog Lab at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India in June 2009. Since then, she and her lab members have been engaged in exciting projects, probing into the private lives of free-ranging dogs on the streets of India.

Anindita Bhadra
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, IISER Kolkata
Associate Dean of International Relations and Outreach, IISER Kolkata
Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy

This online lesson is complete with slides, graphs and commented images.

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Price euro 25,00