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Dogs Read Human Expressions As Well As Human Infants, Study Shows

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A new study shows how man's best friend might be even more human-like than we thought. The study, published in the journal Current Biology, suggests that dogs are able to read our "communicative intent" -- that is, our intention to interact with them

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Barb K (1688)
Friday January 6, 2012, 10:15 am
Happy Friday my friends! Hope you enjoy my post!

Past Member (0)
Friday January 6, 2012, 10:19 am
How cool this is! I was always certain my dogs watched my eyes even more than listening to my voice. This is a great article. Thank you, Barb and have a great weekend!

Lydia S (155)
Friday January 6, 2012, 10:20 am
They sure can !

Kristina C (73)
Friday January 6, 2012, 10:46 am
I'm thinking that most people with dogs already knew this - but no one believed them! I enjoyed the article. Thanks

Barb K (1688)
Friday January 6, 2012, 10:52 am
I'll never forget what my dog Nicky would do. Since I crept everywhere, couldn't walk, he'd be right in my face all the time. Bet he thought I was his own personal human-toy. He treated me just like I belonged to him. He was supposed to be our oldest sister's dog because she thought it'd be ''so sophisticated'' to be seen around town twirling a parasol and walking a fluffy white poodle! LOL Boy, she discovered very soon that it wasn't going to happen, made a deal with Dad, who bought Nicholos-Piere from her, and he became ''Barb's Dog.''

Barbara K (60)
Friday January 6, 2012, 11:00 am
Dogs are so intelligent. They can even smell the fear if we are afraid of one. They always seem to know what we want and what we are thinking. Thanks, Sweetie, for posting this.

Ana Martinez (5)
Friday January 6, 2012, 11:17 am

Douglas S (1)
Friday January 6, 2012, 11:30 am
Thanks for the information.

Lisa N (206)
Friday January 6, 2012, 12:33 pm
Thank you Barb! That's why we love em so. :)))))

Constance F (418)
Friday January 6, 2012, 1:56 pm
Thank you Barbcat, I just read this earlier - thank you for posting! Yep, Lisa that's why we love them! . And here's my two cents. They did a study quite some time ago with dogs, wolves and chimpanzees. Hand's down the dogs, the dog's came on top with every task. The conclusion: Not because dogs are smarter than wolves or chimpanzees, but because dogs were able to read humans better, to pick our cues and what we were asking for. And what makes my dogs especially smart, is they know sometimes exactly what I want, but they have other plans!

Diane M (404)
Friday January 6, 2012, 4:00 pm
Thank you for sharing. The only reason some humans do not want to believe this is true is because then they would be wrong for murdering and cruelty and all the hurt they cause upon our beautiful animals. Unfortunately, there are those of us who have known the intelligence of animals for a long time and those that refuse to admit this is true.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Friday January 6, 2012, 4:33 pm
Thanks Much, Barbcat ..noted and shared

Michael Carney (217)
Friday January 6, 2012, 4:36 pm
Thanks, Barb...God bless all our four legged kids!!!!!

Patrizia S (315)
Friday January 6, 2012, 4:46 pm
Shared! Thanks Barb

Glamour Girlcat (32)
Friday January 6, 2012, 4:57 pm
Cats, too, I'm sure! Thank you for posting, BarbCat.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 6, 2012, 5:05 pm
No kidding, this is nothing new, dogs (indeed most animals) have always been smarter than anyone has ever given them credit for. Noted thanks :)

Past Member (0)
Friday January 6, 2012, 5:20 pm
Thanks BarbCat..agree with Kristina.

Catherine O Neill (73)
Friday January 6, 2012, 5:49 pm
Dog owners always knew this but telling anyone who doesn't have a dog looks at you like you're nuts lol

Sarah G (109)
Friday January 6, 2012, 6:11 pm
Anyone who has been around dogs knows how intuitive and sensitive they are! interesting article

Penelope Ryan (178)
Friday January 6, 2012, 6:12 pm
Thanks Barb, very nice post.

liz c (827)
Friday January 6, 2012, 6:15 pm
Love it----thank you Barb.

Barbara W (342)
Friday January 6, 2012, 7:39 pm
No surprise here. I have a 14 year old girl who's deaf but we talk to each other with gestures and eyes. And believe me, "We" talk..

Past Member (0)
Friday January 6, 2012, 8:09 pm
Thank you for the article. Interesting as it is, and with no intention to belittle it, anyone who has spent a long time one-on-one with dogs knows the thrust of the article is true. Likewise, I'd say, with a cat with whom one is finely attuned.

Philippa P (154)
Friday January 6, 2012, 11:50 pm
This does not surprise me.

KS Goh (0)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 12:27 am
Thanks for the article.

Carmen S (611)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 1:02 am
noted, thanks for sharing this, Barb, very interesting

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 3:06 am
and they yawn when humans do!

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 3:53 am
Thanks for the article

Stelizan L (258)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 4:18 am
Thanks for sharing! I thought the biggest daily irritation in my life was not being able to send green stars when I desperately NEED to - only to find I get 'kicked off' after every comment! Dogs are on a much higher and more intelligent level than many a human I know!!!

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 4:34 am
This just confirms what I have always believed. Thanks Barb!

colleen p (38)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 6:02 am
50,000 years of domestication will do that. try doing that with a wolf.
go on. stick a wolf and baby together, one who was born a month before the human.

colleen p (38)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 6:03 am
50,000 or was it 100,000 years?

Saturday January 7, 2012, 7:28 am
noted with thanks

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 8:07 am
Thanks, noted.

Elize Labuschagne (181)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 8:59 am
I am sure because animals can not talk, there other senses are much more developed. Beautiful. Thanks

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 9:16 am
Thank you Barbcat for the post. In an animals eyes we are animals to them. They have the same feeling as we do and are far smarter than technology prodicting danger in climate change, weather patterns. Man kind would be smarter if they would open their hearts and ears and listen to nature. Nature speaks to us. Their peacefulness is something we all need to learn and if we did this world would be a better place. Love animals and they will love you back in return.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 9:18 am
If animals don't have feeling, why do they comfort you when you sad and sick like your cat or dog does. They too understand.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 9:20 am
God gave us animals to keep our sanity from going insane, lol. Their kids for parents who can't have kids and another kid for those who do. we love them the same.

Bob hardly here P (394)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 9:55 am
thanks for sharing BarbCat

Jim P (3257)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 10:35 am

My pup, a Great Dane, understood me better than I understood myself... hahaha...

TY, Barb.

Henriette M (154)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 12:04 pm
Totally agree with Stella's comment, so much so that in my home at times we need to spell out words. Is this unusual, not at all, animals at times are smarter then many humans IMO & so much more compassionate, kind & loving. Animals eyes have the power to speak a GREAT language, if only you were caring enough to value their lives, in fact that goes for all animals. Great post, loved it all! Thanks Barb.

patricia l (317)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 1:38 pm
So do cats.

Nance N (0)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 1:57 pm
Great article. Yes, my dogs certainly understand what is going on.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 1:58 pm
How cool! I'm not surprised, though. I have always lived with cats and I can tell you they have always been quite good at reading my "communicative intents". Even better: they guess my intents even before I move my eyes in any way. I've always been surprised at that.

Patricia E. G (54)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 2:00 pm
Dogs and Cats are very smart, Indeed, yet they are not amongst the Top 10 of the "Smartest Animals" List.

janet f (29)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 2:45 pm
Most of the dogs I know are generally smarter than most of the people I know.

Myron Scott (70)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 4:36 pm
Absolutely true - and even works with some cats, too.

Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 4:56 pm

Gary C (5)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 5:35 pm
I'd rather knock-about with my dogs than a lot of people I know , at least they know what's going on , I think they know what I' m thinking before I do... Very clever and smart... Thankyou....

Christine Vasquez (6)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 6:17 pm
Totally true! I knew this when I had my lovely cocker!, we could read each other just by our expressions!

Ruth C (87)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 8:00 pm
They have more love and compassion then a lot of people do!!

Joy W (103)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 11:26 pm
They sure do. Thanks BarbCat for sharing.

Shirley H (49)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 6:29 am
I've always been aware of the intelligence of animals. Be it a dog, cat, horse, pig - all animals are capable of great understanding, kindness & compassion. Most of my very best friends are animals.
Shirley H.

Alicia V (181)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 10:40 am
Mine read minds...and direct them.

M B (62)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 1:56 pm
Thank you so much, BarbCat. Most of the animals are very smart, gentle and compassionate. Wish humans had a little bit of them, and it allways hurts to see them treated badly.

Evelyn B (79)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 8:11 pm
Noted Tks Barb, great article.....

reft h (66)
Monday January 9, 2012, 11:00 pm
dogs are always interesting characters

Kim O (396)
Monday January 9, 2012, 11:19 pm
Thanks Barb!! Dogs are sooo smart! My Dad's always been a dog hater and he could never figure out why they always barked at him or tried to bite him!! Dogs know a lot more than they get credit for!!!!!!!!

Valerie G (102)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 4:38 pm
Thanks Barb! I enjoyed reading your personal story with your dog Nicky:)

Carol B (1)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 12:10 pm
This is cool Barb! You find great things to send out. :) Love you, C.

Maria S (69)
Thursday January 12, 2012, 4:40 am
Noted! Thank you Barb for posting. We can learn so much from our animal friends if we open our minds a little :-)

Dianne D (490)
Thursday January 12, 2012, 4:46 pm
Cats are really good at reading faces also. Some of them care about what they see and others don't. I don't have to say anything to my cats when I'm not liking what they are doing. One will study my face and run. Another will study my face and then start meowing like he's explaining why he's doing it and a third will look at my face and dare me to stop her.

Barbara P (1069)
Thursday January 26, 2012, 6:59 pm
Thank you Barb for sharing.... Indeed there is so much truth in this!
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