Dogs are more expressive when people are paying attention

Want to see some serious puppy dog eyes? Try spending more time near your pooch.

Sure, new toys and food are nice, but research from the University of Portsmouth shows that like most humans, what dogs really crave is attention.

In fact, scientists at the university's Dog Cognition Centre recently found that dogs are more likely to show facial expressions if humans are paying attention to them.

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In the study — which was published...

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