You come home to find garbage strewn around your kitchen. You look around and see your dog cowering in the corner, trying to hide, looking up at you with the whites of its eyes, ears back. We’re all familiar with that adorable guilty look our pups give us when they’ve done something they’re not supposed to. You keep a straight face but secretly you’re thinking how cute they are. But, do dogs feel guilt? Actually, that adorable dog face really is one of fear.


In a 2009 study conducted by Dr Alexandra Horowitz, a cognition scientist, she found that humans tended to interpret the dog’s emotion based on our own emotions. Basically, we tend to anthropomorphize our dogs.


So next time you find your dog swiping a bite of your pizza while your back is turned, don’t assume your dog's face means they feel guilty. If you find the guilty look on your dog is because of a poo accident, be sure to try an indoor dog potty solution like DoggieLawn. 


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