Your good boy likes the way you smell, not the way you look.
According to new science, dogs don’t care what their owners look like.
Unlike humans, who want to stare in their good boy’s eyes and boop his nose and rub his fluffy cheeks, it turns out dogs don’t uniquely react to human faces.
Enik Kubinyi / Eötvös Loránd University
To answer the question “Do dogs pay attention to human faces?” scientists scanned the brains of human and dog volunteers.
The dog and human participants watched videos of dog faces, human faces, the backs of human heads, and the backs of dog heads, all while in an MRI machine so scientists could watch for brain activity.
It turns out dogs don’t have a special area of the brain that responds to faces, like humans do.
Also, the dogs preferred looking at other dogs, regardless of what part of the dog they were looking at. Similarly, humans preferred looking at other humans.
But the human subjects' preference for looking at any face — dog or human — outweighed anything.
But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean your dog doesn’t recognize or love you. It just means they love your stench more than your face.
BONUS: Here are more pictures of good boys doing science
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