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Dogs are Mind Readers: Study

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It seems that dogs know when we’re feeling a little down or when we are happy and ready to go outside and play ball. I’ve always thought that dogs were able to sense their best friends’ feelings, or at least it seemed like it. A new study finds man’s best friend can read our minds. We knew our canine’s were smart, right? 

A recent Learning & Behavior study indicates that canines may have an innate ability to sense our mental states.

This idea of “canine telepathy” has been suggested before–often, pet owners comment on how their dog seems to know what they’re thinking. Researcher Monique Udell and others from the University of Florida questioned this idea of animal telepathy by studying canine attentiveness to humans in both domestic dogs and wolves, and found that the animals may be born with the ability to perceive and react to human emotion.

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Is your dog a mind reader?

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