What is this dog thinking? Scientists now have some fascinating answers

From the myth of the ‘guilty look’ to the exciting discovery of dogs evolving an inbuilt affection for humans, canine psychology is finding out more all the time
A pug dog.
‚Most dog owners believe that they can identify their dog’s ‚guilty look‘ when it’s done something wrong, but several studies have rebutted this.‘ Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein/Getty Images

Probing the emotional lives of animals is new territory for biologists. A couple of decades ago, emotions were off-limits: scientists studying animal behaviour focused on what they could see animals doing, not how they might be feeling. Yet questions of animal emotion underpin animal welfare – as Jeremy Bentham wrote in 1789, “The question is not, ‘can they reason?’ nor…

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