What if a dog looks at the horse in the eye?

Answer: A new study [1] has found that some dogs [2], when looking at a static image of a horse, would fixate on the eyes.The eye is both a window into the soul and resource for motor learning tasks in animals. Dogs exhibit an affinity for human eye contact, which may arise from their ability to process direct gaze information or their predisposition to automatically focus on facial features. Based on these links between the dog’s social nature, proclivity for attending to faces, and ability to decode hierarchical relations seen in human face processing studies–Dogs may share part of humans’ unique set of emotional-motivational-cognitive capacities centered around interpersonal relationships with conspecifics.1 Burke

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