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In this paper, the development of social play behavior in coyotes, wolves, and beagles is discussed, as are the ways in which "play intention" is communicated and a "play mood" maintained. Coyotes were observed to fight more and play less than wolves or beagles of the same age, and the differential development of social behavior in these canids may play some role in determining the later species-typical social organization observed in adults.
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