Dogs Can Tell When You’re Not Telling The Truth

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Recent research found that dogs can tell the difference between an angry and happy human face, and now we know that they can also identify when we are telling the truth or lying to them.

A new study conducted by Akiko Takaoka of Kyoto University and her team suggest that man’s best friend can easily understand if a person is trustworthy or not. Consequently, they will decide whether to listen to a human based on their previous experience with him/her.

Dogs can sense if a person’s gestures are deceptive and once a dog has concluded that the human is not to be trusted, they will not follow their instructions.

Takaoka says she was amazed to find that dogs are able to devalue the reliability of a human so quickly.

“Dogs have more sophisticated social intelligence than we thought. This social intelligence evolved selectively in their long life history with humans.”

John Bradshaw, a veterinary scientist who specializes in human-animal interactions at the University of Bristol, agrees with Takaoka and concludes that dogs need a sense of stability and predictability in their lives.

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