Data from: Free-ranging dogs prefer petting over food in repeated interactions with unfamiliar humans

Debottam Bhattacharjee, Shubhra Sau, Jayjit Das & Anindita Bhadra
Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) are the first species to have been domesticated, and unlike other domesticated species, they have developed a special bonding with their owners. The ability to respond to human gestures and language, and the hypersocial behaviours of dogs are considered key factors that have led them to become man's best friend. Free-ranging dogs provide an excellent model system for understanding the dog-human relationship in various social contexts. In India, free-ranging dogs occur...
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