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Does Your Dog Actually Know What You're Thinking?


Animals  (tags: science, animals, animalwelfare, dogs, behavior, goodnews, wildanimals, protection, habitat )

Cal
- 916 days ago - theweek.com
DOGS INSTANT GUIDE Does your dog actually know what you're thinking? A new study claims that dogs are able to read our facial expressions and anticipate our desires -- just like human babies do



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Simone D. (1489)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 8:58 pm

Thank you Cal!
 

Terry King (108)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 9:14 pm
My dog knows what I'm thinking but he seldom agrees with me!
 

Carol H. (229)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 9:33 pm
noted, thank you Cal
 

Lydia S. (172)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 9:47 pm
I've long believed this . Thanks for post.
 

pam w. (191)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 9:55 pm
No surprise here. Domesticated dogs were bred to be our companions. We keep the ones who are "good" with us and we breed them for those traits.

I always say that DOGS ARE THE BEST THINGS WE'VE EVER CREATED!
 

Kim Stueck (30)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 9:56 pm
I'm sure they can tell what our emotinal state is. Great info, thanks for sharing.
 

Barbara W. (342)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 10:29 pm
My three dogs read me like a book. I have a 14 year old American Eskimo who is going deaf. She looks into my eyes and talks her head off.
 

rene davis (74)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 11:39 pm
ok cool permission to talk to my dog like a baby.
 

Birgitta S. (221)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 11:45 pm
Have had a few dogs. i felt they knew, especially my feelings.. :-)))))
 

ellen m. (233)
Monday January 9, 2012, 12:09 am
I've always thought this true.
I just read of a study a few weeks ago that said something about dogs reacting to the facial expression of the left side of your face rather than the right side...
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 9, 2012, 2:08 am
I heard on dog trainer use the term: soft eyes. You can tell when a dog responds to you with 'soft eyes' and I know the dogs look into our eyes too for signs of affection. Cool!
 

Danuta Watola (1175)
Monday January 9, 2012, 2:27 am
thanks for sharing
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 9, 2012, 3:38 am
hope not!
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Monday January 9, 2012, 3:45 am
My dog knows what I'm thinking, but then, I know what she is thinking. That makes it fair.
 

Anneke Andries (247)
Monday January 9, 2012, 7:48 am
I'm sure mine does, he wants to be sure he doesn't miss out on anything..
 

Waltraud U. (74)
Monday January 9, 2012, 8:13 am
Noted
 

. (0)
Monday January 9, 2012, 9:28 am
Dogs have evolved to fit in with humans and they do it very well. My dog is very well aware what I want him to do, whether he does it or not, that is the question!
 

cecily w. (0)
Monday January 9, 2012, 9:40 am
My cat knows what I'm thinking, but she doesn't care.
 

John Bias (0)
Monday January 9, 2012, 9:43 am
I love dogs so much.....
 

Glenda L. (0)
Monday January 9, 2012, 9:49 am
Anyone who has a dog must realize they know what you're thinking. I think it even goes beyond what's described here sometimes.
 

Kate A. (10)
Monday January 9, 2012, 10:05 am
I don't know about all dogs, but mine do.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Monday January 9, 2012, 11:24 am
Our dogs can read our faces. They don't always like what they read and don't always do what we want. But they know what it is!!
 

Terrie Williams (760)
Monday January 9, 2012, 12:57 pm
Very true, Glenda.

I have had many dogs in my lifetime, ever since I was a baby. Some I have been extremely bonded to, some more distant but still very loved. Dogs, I think, are a lot like people as in personalities-- there are all kinds. Some love and trust much deeper than others. Some are more intelligent than others. They can 'read' us and understand us on many levels, not just superficially but even to the instinctual level. I hold entire conversations with my pit bulls and my mastiff without ever saying a word. They also understand our words much more than any scientist or behaviorist realizes, or would give credit to. I have to spell words around mine and most times they figure out what I am spelling before I am through!!! They read our body language, our faces, our words and our emotions, they also read our eyes. If you are very fortunate and pay close attention, you can read theirs. A dog's mind and emotional spectrum is a very fascinating world. But most of all, they know how to love unconditionally, something we humans will never be capable of. That ability alone makes dogs far superior to us in the scheme of things. JMO.
 

Sue Matheson (68)
Monday January 9, 2012, 1:57 pm
thanks.
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Monday January 9, 2012, 4:11 pm
OOh ..my dogs do! Especially if I'm sad..they are right there with more love ..:)
 

Catherine S. (7)
Monday January 9, 2012, 8:04 pm
I don't think my dog knows what I'm thinking about what he did to the living room rug this morning.
 

Mm M. (449)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 11:25 pm
Absolutely! All of my Boys and Girls Know what is on my LITTLE BRAIN! They have bigger ones in my humble opinion!
 
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