Did people in the Ice Age have pets? 

The bones of Ice Age dog have been found at Goughs Cave, Somerset and possibly Kents Cavern, Torguay. These dogs may have had a special relationship with people although they are unlikely to have been pets as we think of pets today.

The relationship between people and dogs was probably a working partnership, dogs protecting property and people from other carnivores like hyaenas, and in return being fed. As dogs became more domesticated, they may have been used during hunting, to pull loads and to carry food and equipment.

In central Europe a link has been made between the presence of dogs and the hunting of wild horse.

It is impossible to be sure how people related to other animals during the Ice Age. Today the Sami people of Scandinavia and northern Siberia use a system of corrals to herd reindeer. These modern reindeer herders protect the reindeer from predators while these animals provide food and material for tools and equipment. Similar corral structures, thought to be Ice Age in date, have been found in Canada and people in Europe during the Ice Age may have developed similar herding practices.

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