Month: March 2019

How Does Dogs’ Hearing Compare To Humans’?

How Does Dogs’ Hearing Compare To Humans’?

There is a lot of misunderstanding out there about how well dogs hear. It’s true that their hearing is better than that of humans in a couple ways. They can hear higher-pitched sounds than humans can, and they can hear quieter sounds than we can in some frequency ranges. Because of this, they have a reputation for superb hearing. But their hearing capabilities are not better across the board. Our capabilities are superior to theirs in a few important ways as well.

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Shelter Pup “Smiles” from FEAR after She’s Adopted

Shelter Pup “Smiles” from FEAR after She’s Adopted

brown puppy shows a submissive grin

The viral video linked below made the rounds in 2019. Its titles on the major purveyors of cute animal videos were variations on the same theme, such as “This Adorable Puppy Wouldn’t Stop Smiling in Her Shelter Kennel,” “Smiling Dog in an Animal Shelter,” and “Dog in an Animal Shelter Couldn’t Help but Smile after Finding Out She Was getting Adopted.”

But the pup wasn’t “smiling” from happiness. Her facial expression meant something else.

She was scared.

Look at the short video.

Here’s what I see:

  • The puppy huddles at the back of an enclosure.
  • At the beginning of the video, her front legs are braced, pushing her backward.
  • She blinks and squints repeatedly.
  • She looks away and turns her head away several times.
  • Her ears are pulled back.
  • She pulls her mouth back into a “grin” that is associated with appeasement.

All of these behaviors demonstrate stress.

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