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Old 11-30-2007, 05:20 AM
Nielsio Nielsio is offline
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Default Re: How does my dog know to look at my face?

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where do you look at when you look at your dog?

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Is this relevant at all?

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Learch about humans and animal evolution from some documentaries like from David Attenborough and Susan Greenfield, because you don't have a clue.
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Old 11-30-2007, 05:51 AM
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Dogs greet face to face. That's a handshake in their culture. That's why they like to jump on people. He's trying to get to your face to say hi. (So incidentally, a good habit to get into is to lower yourself to him when you come home, if you don't like him jumping on people.)

Why is this their greeting? I would guess that it's just a basic reflection of dogs' relative lack of sophistication. They naturally form this behavior, because it's inherently reciprocal.

Dogs communicate well with each other, mostly through body language, and rely on communication to hunt. So it seems natural that they learn to ascribe importance to the eye area, since their form of communication will rely upon them looking at each other. Since the exchange is reciprocal, it just seems naturally efficient that they would learn to fixate on each other's face rather than any other part of the body. (If you're looking at his chest, you don't know when exactly he stops looking at/communicating with you.)

I'm not an expert on this stuff, but that's my basic assumption for why they evolve that instinct.
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Old 11-30-2007, 01:06 PM
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Default Re: How does my dog know to look at my face?

big baloons with a painted eye on it are used to scare off birds.

Animals are not as stupid as you think.

For example, dogs can get quite agitated if a stranger stares them in the eyes.
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Old 11-30-2007, 01:09 PM
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Look, what humans share in common with dogs is our eyes.

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Um, this is off-topic, but we share in common a hell of a lot more than just our eyes...
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Old 11-30-2007, 01:57 PM
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Default Re: How does my dog know to look at my face?

an example of bird intelligence: http://youtube.com/watch?v=03ykewnc0oE
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Old 11-30-2007, 02:04 PM
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Default Re: How does my dog know to look at my face?

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Look, what humans share in common with dogs is our eyes.

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Um, this is off-topic, but we share in common a hell of a lot more than just our eyes...

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I thought it was just the eyes.
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Old 11-30-2007, 03:11 PM
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LOL OP quit looking at your dog and get back to pokering IMO
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Old 11-30-2007, 03:18 PM
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Default Re: How does my dog know to look at my face?

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Look, what humans share in common with dogs is our eyes.

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Um, this is off-topic, but we share in common a hell of a lot more than just our eyes...

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Yes, but the eyes are the only thing we share in common with dogs that they are intelligent enough to comprehend. For example our brain and organs all function in a similar manner. But the dog doesn't know that it can rest its paw on our chest to see how fast our heart is beating, yet if you wanted you could do this to your dog.
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:06 PM
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Yes, but the eyes are the only thing we share in common with dogs that they are intelligent enough to comprehend

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They know that we can walk. They know that we can play. There's plenty of others things as well, but I'll stop at two counter examples for simplicity's sake.
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Old 11-30-2007, 05:05 PM
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pretty sure they know enough to feel your heartbeat

I think dogs are still being underestimated quite severely.
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