Overview and Meaning

Allo-grooming is a social behavior that functions to maintain social relationships and assist the animal in obtaining information about food sources.


Grooming that occurs between two or more mice.


Affiliative interactions


Affiliative behaviors are social interactions that function to reinforce social bonds with a group or which are of mutual benefit to all animals involved in the interaction.


There are two forms of allo-grooming, normal and vigorous. These can be distinguished by the intensity of the grooming and the change in posture of the actor and recipent mouse:

  1. Allo-grooming - Normal
  2. Allo-grooming - Vigorous