Don’t be fooled by those puppy dog eyes – it’s a doggone trick

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Don’t be fooled by those puppy dog eyes – it’s a doggone trick

Canines have evolved that look to gain a selection advantage with humans, researchers say

Henry Bodkin

The next time a dog looks up at you with those big, soppy eyes and your heart begins to melt, be aware: You are being manipulated by 33,000 years of evolution.

That is the conclusion of a new scientific study which argues that the raised eyebrows so beloved of owners are more of a survival strategy than an expression of friendship.

The clues, its authors argue, lie in a comparison with wolves, which dogs began evolving from after they were first domesticated by Stone Age man...

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