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How Much Do Our Dogs Care About Us?

Sometimes dogs seem to be sent from heaven to be our friends, but is their empathy with us all in OUR minds?

Dogs and man have evolved together for the past 15,000 years. Researcher Deborah Custance wanted find out how much they can really read our emotions, so she studied the response of nearby dogs when someone near them began to cry or hum. When dogs sense human distress, we know that they often do things like whine, nuzzle or lick the person, fetch toys for them or lay their heads in their laps. But these actions don't necessarily indicate empathy--they could merely indicate confusion or curiosity on the dog's part.

While "human oriented behavior" did sometimes take place among dogs when a person hummed, it was twice as likely to happen when they cried, indicating that the dogs WERE differentiating odd behavior and sadness.

So go ahead and tell your troubles to the dog who's waiting so patiently for you at home. While not all PEOPLE will sympathize with you, your dog definitely will.

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A saw a dog start whimpering when it's owner, a teenage girl, started walking along the top of a wall that caused her to be at least ten feet from the ground: it struck me that the dog was instantly judging very well the distance that she would fall and that it would be very damaging to her if she did, and was very worried by that possibility: I felt we could underestimate a dog's intelligence from that particular moment. The dog was only happy when she came down, the dog seemed like it would have told her off like an angry father.

I'll go with dogs being sent from heaven to be our friends.

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