Your dog can spot a bad mood

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YOUR dog knows when you’re pissed off.

New re­search has re­vealed that man’s best friend isn’t as eas­ily fooled as we thought, and pet pooches can ac­tu­ally tell when their own­ers are an­gry.

The find­ings were pub­lished in the An­i­mal Cog­ni­tion jour­nal and sug­gested dogs are less likely to lis­ten to you if they can sense you are an­noyed or up­set.

Pro­fes­sor Ross Flom, from Brigham Young Univer­sity in Utah, said: “We know dogs are sen­si­tive to our emo­tional cues, but we wanted to know: do they use them?”

They found that ges­tures com­bined with pos­i­tive ex­pres­sions and words had no greater ef­fect than neu­tral ges­tures.

How­ever, dogs re­act­ing to a vol­un­teer who ex­pressed neg­a­tive emo­tions such as anger took longer to re­act to com­mands.

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