Melissa mentioned this article, from Yahoo, to me just a few minutes ago and I’ve always known that animals express a lot more emotions than we actually once thought they did. I mean, having a cat for 21 years I knew he had a huge range of emotions, and now seeing what Peanut, Cassie and Chloe are able to project, whether it is through sounds, body language or expressions on their face; they are pretty good at expressing what is on their minds. I mean, just look at this iconic picture of Cassie:
By Sarah B. Weir & Trystan L. Bass
Pavlov might have called that happy look on your dogâ€™s face a collection of conditioned reflexes, but now science is catching up with what animal lovers have always known.
According to Professor Nicholas Dodman, head of animal behavior at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts School of Medicine and a regular on Animal Planetâ€™sDogs 101 and Cats 101, until recently, scientists have generally underestimated the emotional range of animals. He says that today it is widely understood by scientists that mammals do experience primary emotions such as fear, sadness, anger, and happiness and even some secondary emotions like jealously and embarrassmentâ€”and they communicate them. Dodman says that dogs even have a sense of humor and laugh with a kind of huffing sound. He describes a study that examines how playing recordings of this laughing sound actually calms shelter dogs.
As for dogsâ€™ smiles, he points out the dogs in our slideshow, â€œNote that the lips horizontally retract into whatâ€™s called a â€˜submissive smileâ€™ â€“ a sign that a dog is non-threatening. Itâ€™s an expression that disarms possible aggression, much like the human smile.â€ Chimps, such as the group in our slideshow, exhibit whatâ€™s called a â€œplay faceâ€ â€“ or an invitation for fun.Â Cats have naturally bowed mouthsâ€”like the cat in our slideshow, so Dodman says its tricky to pinpoint an actual smile, but they are emotionally sensitive, trainable, and affectionate. Among many other pets, Dodman has enjoyed sharing his home with rats, which he says are â€œvery affectionate and intelligent.â€ Dodman, points out that your pet might not understand the exact details of your hard day, but you probably sense it is empathetic enough to curl up and listen.
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