Those puppy-dog eyes Fido gives you when you scold him over knocking over the garbage can for the umpteenth time aren’t a sign of guilt, researchers say. He’s just responding to your rebuke.
When dog owners thought their dogs had eaten a forbidden treat and reprimanded them, the pooches looked just as “guilty” regardless of whether or not they had actually eaten the treat.
In fact, dogs who were wrongly accused of snack-snatching often looked more guilty than dogs who had really eaten the treat.
Turns out those soulful eyes don’t reflect any soul-searching, after all.