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(Daily Mail)   Study finds that dogs have facial expressions their owners can correctly interpret. Your dog exhibits a combination of disgusted, sad, and angry when you don't give him steak   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 52
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2013-03-18 09:21:06 AM  
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2013-03-18 09:22:00 AM  
So basically the Dog Whisperer is the canine version of Paul Ekman?
 
2013-03-18 09:31:43 AM  
Dogs have eyebrows... you can tell a lot about what something is thinking by their eyebrows... cats just have this shiat above their eyes
 
2013-03-18 09:33:14 AM  
I know it sounds stupid, but you can definitely tell a dog's emotion through their facial expression. Especially with their eyes, dogs have very expressive eyes.

My dog, for example, usually has a perpetual look of guilt and hunger.
 
2013-03-18 09:33:39 AM  

Cyno01: [i2.kym-cdn.com image 372x365]


That is awesome.
 
2013-03-18 09:36:55 AM  
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2013-03-18 09:38:52 AM  
I know that first hand. Makes sense. Dogs have been bred for thousand of years to communicate with people.
 
2013-03-18 09:41:35 AM  
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Yeah, I need a better camera. I can't bring myself to delete this though.
 
2013-03-18 09:42:02 AM  

phenn: Cyno01: [i2.kym-cdn.com image 372x365]

That is awesome.


Especially since it looks at first glance like a shiat-eating grin, but then you realize it's an I'm-gonna-eat-your-face grimace. Yorkies are nasty little buggers, thanks in large part to useless owners who think viciousness is cute in a little dog.
 
2013-03-18 09:43:09 AM  
So?  I can tell what my cat wants by listening to it meow all the way on the other end of the house.
 
2013-03-18 09:45:17 AM  

ruta: phenn: Cyno01: [i2.kym-cdn.com image 372x365]

That is awesome.

Especially since it looks at first glance like a shiat-eating grin, but then you realize it's an I'm-gonna-eat-your-face grimace. Yorkies are nasty little buggers, thanks in large part to useless owners who think viciousness is cute in a little dog.


Actually, it kind of looked like ill-fitted dentures at first. ;-)
 
2013-03-18 09:46:36 AM  

bearcats1983: I know it sounds stupid, but you can definitely tell a dog's emotion through their facial expression. Especially with their eyes, dogs have very expressive eyes.

My dog, for example, usually has a perpetual look of guilt and hunger.


It's not stupid to anyone that has ever actually cared for a dog.  The only ones who would really deny this are those who are stuck in the world of "Animals don't feel pain!  They don't think or have emotions, they just act on instinct!"
 
2013-03-18 09:50:37 AM  
I have always felt that my american bulldog was much more expressive than my friends AB's.  I guess I can just read my dog better. Except for when my friend's dog ,Winston, got catch stealing chicken off a plate... the look of pure heartbreak on that dog's face made my soul weep.
 
2013-03-18 09:57:19 AM  

sleepytime nightshade tea: I have always felt that my american bulldog was much more expressive than my friends AB's.


It depends how much interaction they get as well.  I talk to my dog, and whether people think that is wierd or not, I get much different reactions depending on if I end a question with "take a bath?" (ears down, very sad), "go outside?" (ears up, curious), "go for a walk? (ears perked, excited) or "go to the park?" (jumpy bouncy happy dog).
 
2013-03-18 10:04:12 AM  
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Confused. (I guess)
 
2013-03-18 10:25:52 AM  
Dogs are so good at interpreting body language that I wonder if they consider us idiots on the subject.

/my dog correctly guesses my next move 95% of the time - is he a genius or am I just that predictable?
 
2013-03-18 10:29:15 AM  
Like this dog that smiles as she gets groomed???

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLVJBqrnvUI
 
2013-03-18 10:33:16 AM  

nanim: /my dog correctly guesses my next move 95% of the time - is he a genius or am I just that predictable?


Probably just that predicable.

Like Shakira says, hips don't lie.
 
2013-03-18 10:33:29 AM  
Every once in a blue moon, Zoe will stick her nose in the bathroom trashcan and pull out a tissue or something. She always follows me everywhere unless this has happened. I'll look back down the hallway and there she is, poking her head around the corner, watching. After the 15 minute walk of shame when I call her, there is no way I can be mad.
 
2013-03-18 10:33:52 AM  

StrangeQ: sleepytime nightshade tea: I have always felt that my american bulldog was much more expressive than my friends AB's.

It depends how much interaction they get as well.  I talk to my dog, and whether people think that is wierd or not, I get much different reactions depending on if I end a question with "take a bath?" (ears down, very sad), "go outside?" (ears up, curious), "go for a walk? (ears perked, excited) or "go to the park?" (jumpy bouncy happy dog).


I think is may have more to do with me being used to my dog's specific facial expressions vs. their dogs... also mine a mix and theirs are not. The wrinkles, they get in the way.
 
2013-03-18 10:42:04 AM  
Yeah about this...

As a dog fan I would like to think that I can understand the emotion shown on my dog's face but the truth is that that is just bullshait/fooling ourselves.

We are projecting human emotion on an animal without our levels of emotion or understanding.

Yeah I think that dogs have certain emotions but they are not equal to human ones.

Until they can get a dog to speak and tell us what he or she is feeling we will never truly know.

Now excuse me; someone looks like they want to get fed and then go for a walk...
 
2013-03-18 11:00:00 AM  
Dogs are  highly social, (generally) intelligent and very tuned in to human nuances. They spend their entire lives trying to get humans to do what they want and figure out what humans want them to do. Most of their communication is through posture and expressions. <i><b>Of course</b></i> they'll have expressions humans can understand.

Sheesh.
 
2013-03-18 11:02:55 AM  
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2013-03-18 11:13:58 AM  
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Ehh, I got this one wrong. This looks like the expression of my family's lab mix when he's hoping very much for food at the dinner table. He loves him some food. There is usually drool.

/I think it's the eyebrows.
//And the fact that the pictures don't bark.
 
2013-03-18 11:16:21 AM  

Canton: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x740]

Ehh, I got this one wrong. This looks like the expression of my family's lab mix when he's hoping very much for food at the dinner table. He loves him some food. There is usually drool.

/I think it's the eyebrows.
//And the fact that the pictures don't bark.


no I think you're right they just tagged it wrong. There's no way that's anger
 
2013-03-18 11:24:16 AM  
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Slightly dark but very guilty..
 
2013-03-18 11:24:58 AM  

CeroX: Dogs have eyebrows... you can tell a lot about what something is thinking by their eyebrows... cats just have this shiat above their eyes


Studies show scientists prefer ripping off George Carlin routines over coming up with original ideas.
 
2013-03-18 11:25:44 AM  
Let me know when experts can read dog micro-expressions.

/Cause those sneaky dogs might be hiding something.
 
2013-03-18 11:29:37 AM  
I have no problem agreeing that dogs have facial expressions that indicate their emotions. I actually would have guessed that this had already been proven. I am a little surprised that it wasn't.
 
2013-03-18 11:32:37 AM  
My dog has several very communicative facial expressions, including "Hey! Not fair!," "You want me to do WHAT?!?" and "It's so hard to find good help these days." Like those dramatic faces 4th grade girls make: compared to him the dog in the article is poker-faced. He can also consciously communicate with his tail movements and body postures.

You can literally watch him think too. E.g., he'll "say" something, see that I didn't get it, sit down to think a minute, then try it again another way. He's also taught us to say "Show me?" so he'll lead us to what he's "talking" about. Sometimes he has to work at it: "There, that drawer. Right. No not that. Not that either. Oh just put the drawer down on the floor and I'll get it myself."

Picture a furry four-footed mime playing to an unsophisticated audience.
 
2013-03-18 11:37:57 AM  
My favorite guilty dog expression is in this video

Also, cats do it too
 
2013-03-18 11:45:56 AM  
You ought to see our cat's face when we interrupt her cat-box time ....

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2013-03-18 11:55:53 AM  
Amazingly, we've bred cats and dogs to have recognizable facial expressions after thousands of years of co-evolution. Not to mention all the vocalizations they've learned that they don't do among themselves in feral colonies.
 
2013-03-18 12:17:12 PM  

jscart: Canton: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x740]

Ehh, I got this one wrong. This looks like the expression of my family's lab mix when he's hoping very much for food at the dinner table. He loves him some food. There is usually drool.

/I think it's the eyebrows.
//And the fact that the pictures don't bark.

no I think you're right they just tagged it wrong. There's no way that's anger


Ahh. Yes. You're right. Daily Fail caption issue. The eyes are too wide, the dog isn't baring its teeth, and its ears aren't pushed back at all.

Jeez, I've known dogs all my life. I should really trust my own instincts over Daily Fail's editing...
 
2013-03-18 12:25:39 PM  
As a GSD owner, you can completely tell the mood of one based on just the ears.  Whether they're up/down and what angle and whether forward or side or back.

That said, at least two of the pics in the article are wrong.  The "angry" picture isn't angry, it's eager.  GSD ears face straight towards the object-of-interest when they're angry.  And the "happy" picture isn't happy, it's curious (though the dog may very well also be happy).  Happy GSDs have limp ears, unless they're alerting to something.  When a GSD is ecstatic or really really excited, their ears go straight back and flat, close to the "disgust" pic.  Granted, when they're sad and guilty their ears go straight back and flat too.
 
2013-03-18 12:32:42 PM  
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I love the outdoors
 
2013-03-18 12:45:03 PM  
Of course they do - so do most animals.
Humans just need to pay attention.
 
2013-03-18 12:47:52 PM  

Canton: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x740]

Ehh, I got this one wrong. This looks like the expression of my family's lab mix when he's hoping very much for food at the dinner table. He loves him some food. There is usually drool.

/I think it's the eyebrows.
//And the fact that the pictures don't bark.


The way his lips are pulled down in the back means that he is ready to bite the $h!^ out of something.

But how do you get a look of disgust out of a dog??  I love my mutts, but really, they are about the most disgusting creatures on God's green earth (given the opportunity).
 
2013-03-18 12:48:43 PM  

CeroX: Dogs have eyebrows... you can tell a lot about what something is thinking by their eyebrows...


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2013-03-18 01:15:10 PM  

Bong Hits For Mohammed: Canton: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x740]

Ehh, I got this one wrong. This looks like the expression of my family's lab mix when he's hoping very much for food at the dinner table. He loves him some food. There is usually drool.

/I think it's the eyebrows.
//And the fact that the pictures don't bark.

The way his lips are pulled down in the back means that he is ready to bite the $h!^ out of something.

But how do you get a look of disgust out of a dog??  I love my mutts, but really, they are about the most disgusting creatures on God's green earth (given the opportunity).


Hm. True. Although he could be ready to bite the $h!^ out of food. Hard to tell from static pictures, to be fair.

I have definitely seen disgust. Not so much from Zeke the lab mix who, being a lab mix, will eat almost anything. Zoe the Heinz, however, is much pickier about food. But she's also an alpha dog with some food anxiety, so she wants whatever the other dogs get, even if she doesn't really want it. So, if we give Zeke a pickle, he'll gobble it down. But then, Zoe will also insist on getting a pickle, which she will then be visibly disgusted by. And then Zeke will eat it.

/He sounds fat.
//He isn't.
 
2013-03-18 01:37:35 PM  
When my basset lost her eyesight, I was worried that her facial expressions would die with that. Boy, was I wrong. I learned that most of the expressions are controlled by her eyebrows. I have the bonus of the googly lazy prosthetic eyes, too. Between her ears and the eyebrows I tend to laugh my ass off, especially when her eyes are off in different directions.
 
2013-03-18 02:30:09 PM  

doglover:


Hand Bananna! Awesome.
 
2013-03-18 03:38:31 PM  
Canton:
I have definitely seen disgust. Not so much from Zeke the lab mix who, being a lab mix, will eat almost anything. Zoe the Heinz, however, is much pickier about food. But she's also an alpha dog with some food anxiety, so she wants whatever the other dogs get, even if she doesn't really want it. So, if we give Zeke a pickle, he'll gobble it down. But then, Zoe will also insist on getting a pickle, which she will then be visibly disgusted by. And then Zeke will eat it.

Disgust? For pure disgust, you need to see my service dog Mia. She's a silver Standard Poodle with a highly expressive face. When we have to use a *gasp* Public restroom, she cannot hide her horror. You know she thinks human beings are the most disgusting things on the planet.
 
2013-03-18 03:57:24 PM  

Khazar-Khum: You know she thinks human beings are the most disgusting things on the planet.


She's right.
 
2013-03-18 04:02:45 PM  
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2013-03-18 05:30:15 PM  
My dog, due to old injuries and being blind in one eye, does not like to be picked up. And when I do pick him up, he almost always gives me a very clear facial expression for, "I will tear your neck out like it is wet tofu, you insignificant, bothersome person. Now put me the fark down right now."

Unfortunately for him, he is a chihuahua and such expressions simply look cute.

_____

For those concerned, no, I don't pick him up often and it is usually because he has gotten lost, is standing on the carpet and clearly wants to go to the bathroom in 3..2..1..
 
2013-03-18 07:14:35 PM  

StrangeQ: sleepytime nightshade tea: I have always felt that my american bulldog was much more expressive than my friends AB's.

It depends how much interaction they get as well.  I talk to my dog, and whether people think that is wierd or not, I get much different reactions depending on if I end a question with "take a bath?" (ears down, very sad), "go outside?" (ears up, curious), "go for a walk? (ears perked, excited) or "go to the park?" (jumpy bouncy happy dog).


They do seem to understand some of our language.

My sister's dog will run to the back door when she says 'where's your birdie?' Also if she tells Lucy (the dog) that it's bedtime she will get up and go to her bed in the laundry.
 
2013-03-19 01:55:47 AM  
Fear
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Dad is walking towards my cookies.
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DOYOUHAVEANYCOOKIES?
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Skwerl!
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Soon.
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Happy dog.
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2013-03-19 03:46:55 AM  

StrangeQ: It's not stupid to anyone that has ever actually cared for a dog. The only ones who would really deny this are those who are stuck in the world of "Animals don't feel pain! They don't think or have emotions, they just act on instinct!"


Personally I'm not sure exactly what to believe, but if anything in my experience the deniers are the supposed canine super-experts who say it's fallacious to project our own human interpretations of emotions on dogs.
 
2013-03-19 05:28:57 AM  
This was out last year but it's still pretty good.

Great troll of a dog

This Link goes to a reddit page that has been created for owner-posted dog pictures.

Dogs are truly man's best friend.
 
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