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Your Dog Knows You Better Than You Think

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Every sit around and wonder why your dog was staring at you?  Has your dog gotten excited when you’re excited or sad and depressed when you’re sad and depressed?  Well, there’s new evidence that your dog can read your emotions and connect with you on a level that you always thought he could!

Dog show in Morro Bay, 10 May 2009. Best of Bay Pooch Pageant Sponsored by Fidelity National Title Company and hosted by Jenny Brantlee. $5 donation per pooch proceeds for benefit of the very successful Mutt Mitt program for Morro Bay and nearby area's parks and beaches. The Mutt Program is run by Sandra and Curt Beebe - and is one of the most successful and impactful volunteer efforts in the area. Photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com,; Canon 1D Mark III, 70-200mm f/2.8 IS, handheld.

In a paper published in Biology Letters titled “Dogs recognize dog and human emotions,” researchers from the University of Lincoln and the University of Sao Paolo prove that dogs have the ability to recognize human emotions such as happy/playful vs. angry/aggressive.

While we have no idea what a “cross-modal preferential looking paradigm” is, we’re happy to hear that everything we always suspected about little Fido is true!  Your dog not only loves you, but he can also sense when you’re in a good or bad mood.  According to the researchers, this is “an ability previously known only in humans.”  So I guess we know why your dog has been licking your face every time you’re sad!


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