Now, scientists agree!
A new study analyzed canine behavior in an experiment: Sometimes, the human was facing the dog and looking right at him. Sometimes, they had their back towards the pooch.
Dogs had more facial movements when looking directly at the experimenter rather than at the human’s back.
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Even more surprising was that the dogs did not show more facial expressions when the human was holding a treat. They were in it for the face alone!
This may mean that when your pet is raising an eyebrow, or lowering their jaws, they’re doing it deliberately because they’re looking at your face.
They may be trying to tell us something.
Of course, that doesn’t mean they won’t go for the snacks on the coffee table when your back is turned.