Posted January 05, 2019 05:23:18The world’s top dogs have developed an extraordinary ability to sense the emotions of others, a new study has found.

The new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, also found that some of these animals have evolved a remarkable ability to empathise with humans.

The dogs were all born in captivity and then bred in a laboratory environment in Australia and New Zealand.

“We were surprised to find that some breeds of dogs are so good at learning from their human companions,” lead author Dr Jennifer O’Hara, of the University of Melbourne, told ABC News.

“This suggests that some people may be able to learn from their pets how to better relate to other people.”

The study was carried out by researchers at the University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and the University Veterinary School in New Zealand, using a specially developed test to measure the ability to recognise emotional cues.

Dr O’Cara said her team was also surprised to discover that some animals are capable of interpreting people’s emotions, such as a certain kind of dog’s fear.

“In the case of the cats, they were able to identify their owner’s facial expression of pain and discomfort,” Dr O’Mara said.

“They were also able to understand that the owner was very upset and they could understand that she was very unhappy.”

“They did recognise that she wasn’t very happy and she didn’t want to be.”

In this video from the Australian National University, a white Labrador named Babs is being taught to use a digital camera.

The research team used a specially designed test that looked at dogs’ responses to emotional images.

“Some of the dogs, they could discriminate between different emotional states, like when they were scared and angry, they also reacted to those images with their own facial expressions,” Dr Bowerman said.

The researchers then trained the dogs to associate certain facial expressions with a cue that indicated how distressed or happy they were.

“To do that, we fed the dogs a set of facial images, and we were able get them to associate those facial expressions to certain cues,” Dr D’Amore said.

They then had the dogs play with a toy that was associated with a particular emotion and then trained them to recognise that as a cue to move away from it.

“The dogs, on average, moved away from the toy more when they saw that a specific cue was associated,” Dr Echols said.

Alfred, a male Siberian Husky, plays with a ball.

“But, when they did learn the cue, they still moved away less than when they weren’t being shown the toy,” Dr Gartner said.

One of the researchers said some of the research was important because the dogs were being bred for the purpose of helping people with their pets.

“It gives us the opportunity to learn how to train these animals to understand and react to different human emotions,” Dr Harker said.

“It could be something that we can use in a therapeutic setting in the future.”

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