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Do Dogs Think?

Of course, they do! Any pet owner will defy you to prove otherwise. While the commonly held belief is that dogs display the mental capacity of a 5 year old child, some of the tasks they can be trained to complete, require capabilities that easily surpass this assertion. For some time now, man’s best friend has […]

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Do Dogs Smile?

Ever looked at your pup after a run or an invigorating game of fetch and noticed the corners turned up around his open mouth? Or seen your dog bear his rarely-seen row of tiny front incisors?  Ever been tempted to believe he’s smiling at you, wondering, ‘Can dogs even do that?’? There are two ways of […]

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Do Dogs Love Their Owners?

Have you ever stared lovingly into the soulful eyes of your loving pooch, convincing yourself that this is an act of love? Dogs are more complex creatures than they are often credited as being, and if they can feel joy, why not love.  However, the question is not whether they can feel love, but can they […]

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Do Dogs Like Hugs?

Opinions remain divided on this topic.  Dogs may experience much of the same emotions as humans and react accordingly, but they do not always act on their emotions in the same way that humans do. From an evolutionary perspective, dogs do not show affection the same way that humans do, and vice versa.  In much the […]

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Do Dogs Laugh?

Researchers believe so. The average pet owner has witnessed dogs showing signs of sadness, hunger, shame, defensiveness when threatened and even jealousy.  In fact, focussed studies were prompted by the other emotional expressions often displayed by dogs. We also know that dogs are able to smile and do so at appropriate time, when most content. So […]

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Do Dogs Have Lips?

The human mouth is a very expressive feature.  When not speaking, a host of emotions can still be expressed through the slightest changes in mouth movements.  But none of this would be possible without our lips. Lips are a feature we share with a number of other creatures in the animal kingdom, many of whom also […]

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Do Dogs Burp?

Like humans, dogs do burp and for the same reasons. Burping is the body’s way to expel any excess air one usually accumulates from eating or drinking too fast. Burping is normal and is not something to be concerned about but if you want to lessen the frequency with which your dog burps and consequently […]

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Do Dogs Have Dreams?

Dogs do experience dreams when they are sleeping.  It has been established that rats do dream so it was a foregone conclusion that dogs, with their more complex brain, do as well. However, even before advancements in canine science categorically confirmed that dogs get dreams, countless dog owners have shared anecdotes regarding how their dogs […]

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Do Dogs Feel Guilt?

Despite countless dog owners’ accounts, dogs do not feel guilt.  Dog cognition studies have distinguished that what is usually mistaken for guilt is actually an effort to appease their owner and that is mostly a fear-based behavior. Whether your dog has done something bad or not, being scolded to will result in the look of […]

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Do Dogs Cry Tears?

Dogs shed tears but not emotional tears. Like humans, dogs form tears, mostly to keep the eyes healthy, and they also have tear ducts. However, their tear ducts are there to drain tears. If you see tears coming out from your dog’s eyes, you may need to consult your veterinarian as tears are usually a […]

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