Your Dog Knows How You Feel


A new study has established that man’s best friend is able to differentiate between happy and angry human facial expressions. The research suggest that dogs may have learned this skill during domestication.

Researchers at the Messerli Research Institute’s Clever Dog Lab in Vienna managed to train several dogs to tell the difference between mad and happy faces. When they mastered the first step, researchers showed the dogs images of unfamiliar human faces, and then just pictures of different parts of the faces. The conclusion was that dogs can really read our faces. However, that doesn’t mean that they care.

Even though they can tell when you’re angry (or happy), dogs probably don’t have a clue what our emotions mean. Luckily, there is still hope.

Scientists believe that dogs don’t understand our emotions, but stress that they didn’t like the angry faces and didn’t want to approach or touch them.

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