DOGS ARE TRYING TO COMMUNICATE WITH US
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.