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That Hangdog Look Might Not Be What You Think
People May Be Projecting Human Emotion on Their Pooches, Study Finds

By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 2, 2009

Many dog owners have had this experience: Arriving home, they discover their pooch looking sheepish, with its head down, ears pulled back, tail tucked between the legs, maybe slinking behind the sofa. Puzzled, they soon discover the reason: a favorite pair of shoes chewed to pieces, or perhaps the kitchen garbage can upended.

But is their canine companion really acting guilty? Or is this an example of people projecting a human emotion onto their four-legged friend?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 04120.html

I have a standard poodle who might convince this asst. prof. otherwise. If that ain't guilt he can show ...

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