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Are dogs manipulating you with their puppy eyes?

Sometimes you see a dog with a face you just can’t say “no” to. And now, new research confirms that dogs make certain facial expressions when interacting with humans, including widening their eyes and sticking out their tongues, The Guardian reports. Although the research, published this week in Scientific Reports, cannot confirm that dogs are intentionally acting cute to manipulate us, it showed that canine expressions are not just a byproduct of happiness or excitement by comparing dogs’ faces when presented with food instead of people. It seems that man’s best friend is indeed sensitive to human attention, and the result often makes for those irresistible puppy dog eyes.     

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