How Will Dogs Reshape Nature Without Humans to Control Them?

In a previous essay called “As Dogs Go Wild in a World Without Us, How Might They Cope?” I wrote about how dogs might adapt to a world in which we no longer control their lives. It will surely be a challenging time for our canine companions, and it seems that their losses would far outweigh their gains even if they are free of the numerous constraints we place on them. However, we need to be very careful about our predictions about what and how dogs will do in a world without us, as there’s no straightforward shopping list of traits that would necessarily decrease their survival and those that would favor the ways in which they would adapt. ….[READ]