Hey people: You may not realize this, but your dog is always watching you. Research even says so! The New York Times points out that previous studies demonstrated that dogs would wait until they knew they were not being watched to exibit forbidden behavior like digging in the garden (duh). Yet, new research dives down to examine facial cues and dog behavior.
According to Dr. Monique Udell, assistant professor of psychology at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL and author of this new study, dogs "are quick learners, they can figure out when you are going to give them the next treat or whether you are going to give them a bath. Whether we know it or not, we are training them.”
She continues, “They are really good at knowing how to live the life they want inside the human home.” That is for sure! For example, I quickly figured out that the sound of my person's electric toothbrush meant that it was time for me to move into the bedroom for bed. Whether it is 8pm or 1am, I follow her lead on bedtime. And I figured this out just by watching her!
Pictured here is the internet's new favorite smiling dog. I think he is smiling because he has it all figured out!