Dogs seem to make those puppy dog eyes for the benefit of us humans. Yes! They rarely use that entreating facial expression when on their own, a recent study has shown.
It has long been assumed that animal facial expressions are involuntary and dependent on emotional state rather than a means to communicate.
But scientists at the Portsmouth University Dog Cognition Centre of all places have found that dogs mostly use facial expressions for the benefit of us humans, like to get our attention.
Puppy dog eyes, in which the brow is raised to make the eyes appear wider and sadder, was found to be the most commonly used dog expression in this study. Researchers do not know whether the dogs are aware they look sadder, or have just learned that widening their eyes elicits sympathy and affection from us humans.
Men!? Take notice of this on your next date. If it works for animal ‘dogs’ it could surely work for you!