That look on Sparky’s face? Love. Adulation. Sadness when he sees you grieving. Or, at least, these are the thoughts we imagine our pup having when he looks our way with his head cocked just so.
Soon, however, we’ll be able to know what dogs are really thinking. Is it love, or is it the love of food that bonds our dogs to us?
Scientists at Emory University recently proved that it’s possible to perform an MRI on a non-sedated canine and the next step is (you guessed it) – what, exactly, lies behind those big, brown puppy-dog eyes.
Do dogs know what we’re thinking? How about what we’re feeling? What would you want to know about your pet’s thoughts?
Prof. Greg Berns, professor of neuro-economics and lead researcher of the Dog Project at Emory University
Michael Chill, dog trainer and behavior specialist