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Yes, You Can Tell From His Face What Your Dog Is Feeling
PopSci ^ | 3-18-2013 | Rebecca Boyle

Posted on 03/19/2013 4:05:39 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot

Mal, In Various States of Concern

People can reliably read a dog’s facial expressions, suggesting humans are finely tuned to detect emotions even in other creatures. Behavioral scientists have long known that people can accurately read other humans’ emotions, but this study suggests our empathy extends to other members of the animal kingdom.

While a Ph.D student at Walden University in Florida, Tina Bloom worked with Harris Friedman and a dog named Mal at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Mal, a 5-year-old Belgian shepherd and trained police dog, was subjected to a variety of stimuli, and the researchers took pictures of his reactions.

For instance, in one experiment the researchers praised him, trying to elicit a happy reaction; Mal looked at the camera with his ears erect and tongue lolling. Then they reprimanded him, and Mal’s ears flattened, he looked down and his eyes became mournful. They used a jack-in-the-box to surprise him; foul-tasting medicine to disgust him; nail trimmers to strike fear into his heart; and so on. One of the researchers even pretended to be a criminal, and Mal got angry. Then the team showed 50 volunteers photographs of these reactions, and asked them to categorize his emotions.....

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dogs
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Cat lovers will say the same thing, they know their cats, too.
1 posted on 03/19/2013 4:05:39 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot; shibumi

Somebody got paid to ‘prove’ the obvious?

Hell, I can tell what my snakes are thinking and they don’t really have “expressions”.

[but they do have definite body language]


2 posted on 03/19/2013 4:07:47 PM PDT by Salamander (We're all kinds of animals comin' round here...occasional demons, too.)
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3 posted on 03/19/2013 4:08:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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4 posted on 03/19/2013 4:09:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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5 posted on 03/19/2013 4:12:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Man, I miss my doggie. Lost him four weeks ago. I miss his smile.


6 posted on 03/19/2013 4:14:19 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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7 posted on 03/19/2013 4:15:20 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Sir Napsalot
 photo DSC00793copy.jpg She looks happy to me.
8 posted on 03/19/2013 4:18:57 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Cat lovers will say the same thing, they know their cats, too.

Look at my profile. Then tell me about cats, love and emotions...

9 posted on 03/19/2013 4:21:23 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Establishment Republicans don't like that totalitarian thing unless it is THEIR totalitarian thing!)
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To: andy58-in-nh

So sorry to hear that.

Better to get a puppy to fill the void (when the time is right).


10 posted on 03/19/2013 4:24:11 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Well go get another one. You’ll love the new one just as much.

I only went about a week between when Mr Brown died and bringing Bowser home.


11 posted on 03/19/2013 4:24:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

#1 top left..”and how does that make it taste better?”
#2 middle...”but he(the cat)made me do it”
#3...”....yeah tell him I did it on my own”
#4...”...someone said park...???... grass green park right?”
#5...”oh chit, they found it”
#6...”Vet?...I was just at the vet’s,I don’t wanna go”


12 posted on 03/19/2013 4:25:06 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: andy58-in-nh

I miss mine too — lost him February 8. And yes, I could tell what he was thinking by the look on his face.

My beautiful Golden Retriever was suffering from pancreatic cancer. The vet brought him in and asked him to lie down on a blanket, while we gathered around and petted him. The vet gave him his shot, and I watched all the care and pain vanish from his face as he relaxed. Even his fur relaxed and he just looked peaceful when he was gone.

I’m glad that I stayed for that (even though I didn’t want to) because I felt at peace too. He was such a good dog andgood friend. RIP, Max.


13 posted on 03/19/2013 4:26:09 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: andy58-in-nh

Sorry to hear that, Andy. I feel for you, I really do. There have been people in my life who have died that I seriously couldn’t give two sh*ts about, but there are dogs that I will miss until the day I die.


14 posted on 03/19/2013 4:26:21 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Sir Napsalot
"I want to be your friend"


15 posted on 03/19/2013 4:29:38 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Doogle
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16 posted on 03/19/2013 4:30:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

17 posted on 03/19/2013 4:30:50 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The same #10 response to Andy goes for you, too. Glad that you found peace.


18 posted on 03/19/2013 4:31:19 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: andy58-in-nh

I know how you feel. I lost Wink in 2011 and I still mourn.


19 posted on 03/19/2013 4:31:48 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Thank you. It still hurts, and I’m still finding dog hair around the house and the office. (He was a Golden, after all.) I think of him all the time.

I’m going in for knee replacement surgery in 2 weeks. Otherwise, there was a really cute Labrador puppy advertised at the Humane Society today...


20 posted on 03/19/2013 4:34:11 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: cripplecreek

I’m quite sure we’ll adopt another pup. It’s just a little too soon. Like people, they’re not replaceable. Each one is unique. In my experience, it takes some time before you’re ready to love another one.


21 posted on 03/19/2013 4:36:02 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: Doogle

All of them say “feed me” except the last that say chit - I don’t think this human is smart enough to feed me.


22 posted on 03/19/2013 4:36:20 PM PDT by edcoil (If the man was accused of leadership, there would not be enough evidence to convict him.)
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23 posted on 03/19/2013 4:37:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Best of luck/wishes for your surgery. Will be thinking of you, keep us updated.
24 posted on 03/19/2013 4:38:08 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

25 posted on 03/19/2013 4:38:25 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

We do (I’ve owned dogs, too, and love ‘em).

With my cats, they tell me when they want something by being ever-present. That includes meowing and rubbing. If If I ignore them...they resort to the “stare-down and squint”. Then I run off the list of their needs...”Out? Drink? Dinner? Brush?”. Then an affirmative meow and tapdance when I hit the right one.

Then, after their needs are met, they disappear and completely ignore me.

LOL.


26 posted on 03/19/2013 4:39:23 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I hope this study was done with private money and not tax dollars. I knew this when I was 3 years old.


27 posted on 03/19/2013 4:39:23 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican, no Conservative was on the ballot.)
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To: edcoil

LOL!


28 posted on 03/19/2013 4:39:47 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Our experience was quite similar to yours. I’m glad that my friend is no longer suffering, but I miss him terribly. I look forward to seeing him again, someday.


29 posted on 03/19/2013 4:40:17 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: aomagrat

My 89 year old grandmother says she would love to have another dog but doesn’t want to leave one behind.


30 posted on 03/19/2013 4:41:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

>>> they disappear and completely ignore me.

Some of mine stick around me just for cheap heating source.


31 posted on 03/19/2013 4:42:07 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: andy58-in-nh

One of the all time best twilight zone episodes was “The Hunt”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ipDvK1BElU


32 posted on 03/19/2013 4:44:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

33 posted on 03/19/2013 4:46:06 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Niiiiiicceeee doggie.

/turn 180 and run as fast as I can before being tackled to the ground


34 posted on 03/19/2013 4:46:17 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: cripplecreek

that’s one happy dog...


35 posted on 03/19/2013 4:46:49 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

He’s got a good life so he’s pretty much always happy.


36 posted on 03/19/2013 4:48:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Stormdog
Thank you. It's really hard to explain the depth of feeling that you can have about a dog. They are far more than just "pets". There is a bond of companionship between you that transcends a lot of human relationships, as you suggest.

My wife has taken it very hard. She wants to know if Oliver (our beagle) will be in Heaven waiting for her. I'd love to believe that. In fact, I do suspect it's true

37 posted on 03/19/2013 4:49:40 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

"I think not"

38 posted on 03/19/2013 4:50:30 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Sir Napsalot

Hehe!


39 posted on 03/19/2013 4:51:20 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

been there, done that. Think my pal appreciated it, he seemed comforted


40 posted on 03/19/2013 4:56:24 PM PDT by billphx
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To: yarddog

"Hey! Come back with my Festivus Pole, you mutt!!"


41 posted on 03/19/2013 4:58:14 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Sir Napsalot
My ten month old Irish Wolfhound/lab mix chewed enough holes in my 21 year old wellies last Friday to finally retire them to the trash. Just got news that he destroyed my Timberland boots this afternoon from Mrs Geronimo.

Contrary to this study he always gives me his, “Why are you angry with me for leaving those delicious chew toys by the back door?” face.

The bloody Irish are known for their stubborness but this is getting ridiculous, I'm screwed if there's any more snow to shovel.

42 posted on 03/19/2013 4:58:24 PM PDT by Geronimo
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To: andy58-in-nh

waiting at the rainbow bridge


43 posted on 03/19/2013 4:58:28 PM PDT by billphx
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To: Sir Napsalot; Slings and Arrows; Joe 6-pack

As a cat and dog lover/owner, I can say, without a doubt, that am-uh-nuls are much more perceptive than we give them credit for. Their “slavery” is based on pure, unadulterated LOVE!


44 posted on 03/19/2013 5:00:19 PM PDT by Monkey Face (In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria. ~ Ben Franklin)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Dang. Take the pup. S/he will wait for you to return. Don’t deny a dog the love you should get from it. (Him, her...who cares...)

The pup will do you proud!

XO

‘Face


45 posted on 03/19/2013 5:04:28 PM PDT by Monkey Face (In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria. ~ Ben Franklin)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks for the link. I hadn’t seen that episode for a long time. I met Rod Serling a couple of years before he died (way too young, as it happened). An intense and fascinating guy who chain smoked Camels and could spin a yarn like no one I ever knew.


46 posted on 03/19/2013 5:05:55 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: Monkey Face
As a cat and dog lover/owner, I can say, without a doubt, that am-uh-nuls are much more perceptive than we give them credit for. Their “slavery” is based on pure, unadulterated LOVE!

"Hi there! My name is 'Dug'. I have just met you and I love you!"


47 posted on 03/19/2013 5:12:52 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: andy58-in-nh

I miss the days when TV taught lessons and Serling was a true master.


48 posted on 03/19/2013 5:15:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: COBOL2Java
 photo IMGP0893copy.jpg For her feat of strength, she destroyed 5 dog collars in a row. I have no idea how she got them off but a day or so after putting one on her, I would find it chewed to pieces in the front yard. The strange thing is she didn't even seem to mind them when I would first put them on. I finally made one out of a 2 inch belt. I was sure she couldn't get that one off but she did.
49 posted on 03/19/2013 5:17:42 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: COBOL2Java

See how that works? :o])


50 posted on 03/19/2013 5:19:20 PM PDT by Monkey Face (In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria. ~ Ben Franklin)
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