Those Lizard Chasing Puppy Dog Eyes

Dogs seem to make those puppy dog eyes

for the benefit of us humans.

And for Oreo those

oh so tempting lizards she spies.

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!

19 Comments

  1. “Men!? Take notice of this on your next date. If it works for animal ‘dogs’ it could surely work for you!”
    I’m not sure if you’re insulting them or giving them advice 😂

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    1. Dogs we usually understand, mostly because they are so easy to understand. They have expressive faces and body language that we can read pretty accurately. Cats, on the other hand, are known for their emotional vagueness and standoffishness.

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  2. My current dog has a personality that is so different from other dogs that I have had.
    She is more than cute facial expressions. She tends to use her vocal with groans, whimpers, and outright barks.
    There is not a day go by where she does something that will just have you laughing.
    We don’t give dogs enough credit for how smart they really are!

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