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!
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!