Is your dog really happy to see you?
Anyone who’s ever owned a dog already knows the answer to this question but now science has proved it!
They are universally known as ‘man’s best friend’, but it seems only now are we truly beginning to understand our dogs.
New research by animal behavioural experts has found canine emotions are betrayed by specific facial movements, such as raising their eyebrows or cocking their ears.
Using high-speed cameras, researchers in Japan found when dogs were reunited with their owners they tended to move their eyebrows upwards around half a second after seeing them.
And when the animals were introduced to someone they had never met before, they moved their left ears back slightly.
‘Canids are highly social and communicate using an abundant array of facial expressions.
‘These communication methods might play an important role in their communication with humans.’
Earlier this year psychologists in the United States concluded owners were able to detect emotions in the facial expression of their pets.
Dr Tina Bloom, from Walden University, in Minneapolis, found that people could detect happy, sad, surprised and frightened expressions in dogs.
Her findings have suggested that humans have developed a natural empathy with dogs after evolving side by side for thousands of years.