Here’s More Proof That Dogs Can Totally Read Our Facial Expressions

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Fluffy really does know what that big grin or frustrated frown on your face means.

At least, that’s according to a new study that suggests dogs can tell from a facial expression whether a person is happy or angry. Scientists are calling the research — which was published in the journal Current Biology on Feb. 12, 2015 — the first solid evidence that humans aren’t the only ones who can recognize emotional expressions in another species.

“Our study demonstrates that dogs can distinguish angry and happy expressions in humans, they can tell that these two expressions have different meanings, and they can do this not only for people they know well, but even for faces they have never seen before,” study co-author Dr. Ludwig Huber, head of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna’s Messerli Research Institute in Austria, said in a written statement.

For the study, 11 dogs–including border collies, a fox terrier, a golden retriever, a German shepherd, and some mutts–were trained to discriminate between images of the same person making either an angry or happy face, National Geographic reported.

Some dogs were rewarded with a treat for picking out the happy face while others —> Read More Here


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