Behind those big, beautiful puppy dog eyes is a doggy mind trying to figure you out.
Scientists have long believed that pups pick up on our emotional cues, and a recent study shows these cues may determine how they make decisions.
According to UPI, researchers have found your pooch is less likely to trust you when you act angry.
Ross Flom, a psychology professor at Brigham Young University, and his team came to this conclusion after performing a series of tests with volunteer dogs and humans.
In the test, the humans would point and direct the dog to a hidden treat, combining the actions with either happy, neutral or angry facial expressions and vocal tones. The team found that dogs responded mostly the same to happy and neutral interactions, but took noticeably longer to react to gestures matched with angry vocal and facial cues.
Flom’s findings, published in Animal Cognition, suggest that canines are less likely to trust the command of a human companion who appears angry.
So if you want your dogs to listen up, remember to approach them with kindness (or at least neutrality), just like you would any other best friend.