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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 9
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2013-03-18 11:32:37 AM
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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 09:31:43 AM
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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 12:17:12 PM
1 votes:

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 11:29:37 AM
1 votes:
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 11:13:58 AM
1 votes:
i.dailymail.co.uk

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 11:00:00 AM
1 votes:
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 10:33:16 AM
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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 10:25:52 AM
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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 09:43:09 AM
1 votes:
So?  I can tell what my cat wants by listening to it meow all the way on the other end of the house.
 
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