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A new study sug­gests dogs are ac­tively try­ing to com­mu­ni­cate with us, even if we don’t un­der­stand them. The re­search is the first to find that dogs move their faces when we are look­ing at them, ac­cord­ing to the Univer­sity of Portsmouth sci­en­tists be­hind it.our pets use their fa­cial ex­pres­sions when peo­ple are look­ing at them, the re­search found. If they’re sim­ply look­ing at food, then they’re un­likely to show any emo­tions — sug­gest­ing that they’re at­tempt­ing to in­di­cate some­thing to us, even though we might not know it.

In the study, re­searchers com­pared how dogs re­act to hu­mans who might bring them food, to their faces when they sim­ply look at that food. It found that while dogs might seem ex­cited by the for­mer, they will just get on with eat­ing if the food has ac­tu­ally ar­rived. Dr Ju­liane Kamin­ski, who led the study pub­lished in Sci­en­tific Re­ports, said: “In our study, they pro­duced far more ex­pres­sions when some­one was watch­ing, but see­ing food treats did not have the same ef­fect.” The re­searchers stud­ied 24 fam­ily pet dogs of var­i­ous breeds, aged one to 12.

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