Canine copycats can mirror other dogs’ emotions: dogs may be showing a basic built-in form of empathy

Dogs can copy each other’s expressions in a split-second just like people, showing signs of basic empathy, according to Italian researchers. 


Mimicking each other’s facial expressions is a human habit, which helps people to get along. Dogs do the same to bond with other dogs, scientists report in the journal, Royal Society Open ScienceThey think dogs may be showing a basic built-in form of empathy, enabling them to pick up on emotions.


By Helen Briggs