So many dogs these days live "prison planet" lives.
What do I mean by this?
Think about the life of a dog, but flip it around and make it about a child.
Suppose a small boy or girl, age three months, is brought to live alone in a cave tied to a large fenced yard.
He shares the cave and yard with five or six dogs, but other than that, he only communicates with other people on those brief occasions when he is allowed to leave the yard and can actually interact with them.
Will this boy learn the language of humans with so little contact in such truncated circumstances?
What will this child act like? This adult? This old man?
When we talk about poor socialization among dogs, we tend to mean dogs that are overly fearful or aggressive towards other dogs and other people.
But poor socialization just as often expresses itself in another way -- dogs that are SO in need of canine contact, and so inarticulate in "dog speak" that, when put before other dogs, they are like long-term foreign prison camp survivors swarming over their liberators, crying and laughing, pawing at their pockets and kissing their feet as they try to get their cracked vocal chords to work again and remember the word for "thank you" in their almost-forgotten mother tongue.
And these are men who were captured as adults, and after only a few years as captives!
Now imagine how bad it might be if you were taken to a prison planet -- a suburban home -- as a child and left to communicate with no one but the wolves.
Would you ever be able to communicate with the wolves as well as they communicate with each other? And how well would you be able to communicate with other people ?