Important study shows dogs recognize the faces of their own species

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An important study is advancing our knowledge of dogs, in showing they can recognize other dogs of their specific species, by viewing images of their faces.

Scientific American published the findings. And in the article I found about this news, I really like some other statements made about dogs, including this – “” When interacting with us, dogs can read and use our facial expressions to gauge where our attention lies and sometimes what we’re feeling. “”

And this one is equally as important – “” Dogs also display a range of facial expressions themselves, which researchers believe are used for communicating with other dogs, whether it’s to impart hostility, friendliness, fear, and so on. “”

I am really excited about the recent advancements made in the study of animals and their level of intelligence and their connections to us. We are learning so much about them.

But unfortunately, it will take more time to convince the anti-science side of the room. Over the last few years, too much press have been given to the anti-science side.

Science needs to be moved deeper into the discussion and debate about animal-welfare laws and regulations. We must advance these protections into the 21st Century.


2 thoughts on “Important study shows dogs recognize the faces of their own species

  1. Incidentally, it’s not just that dogs and humans both make use of facial expressions, it’s that we use nearly the same facial expressions. So to some extent do some other animals, but not to the same degree. A likely reason for this, it seems to me, is that dogs and humans have lived and worked together for a very long time, during much of which they cooperated in hunting, sheep herding, and other work, raising the practical importance of between-species communication.

    Interestingly, there’s one expression I can think of that dogs use and humans understand but that humans don’t themselves use. That’s the tilted-head look of puzzlement usually caused when a human does something a dog finds baffling. That is, it signals a breakdown in communication, and being able to say, in essence, “I don’t understand what you mean” is also of practical use when dogs and humans work together with the humans in charge.

  2. By the way, I remember reading years ago of a study of chimpanzee cognition that focused on how chimpanzees mentally associate things into categories. A chimpanzee was taught to sort photographs into piles based on categories and was then given a stack of photos containing shots of things in categories it had not been taught about. The idea was see what categories the chimp might invent for the things in question. These new photos included (among other things) various animals and people. Interestingly, the chimp sorted photos of humans into a separate pile from those of other animals.

    The new stack of photos included one of the chimp himself. When he came to it, without the slightest hesitation he put it onto the stack of human photos, on top of one of Eleanor Roosevelt in fact. So apparently chimps (or at least that chimp) consider humans and chimps members of the same category. For that matter, it would not surprise me to learn that what cats call humas translates as “can opener monkey.”

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