What does the dog love more: You or the food?

Dr. Gregory Burns, a neurologist at Emory University in Atlanta, is doing a scan of dogs with an MRI in the hope of understanding what they’re thinking.

During the experiment, she gave food and praised the dogs on a rotating basis. A huge number of dogs reacted to praise and food alike!

Moreover, about 20 per cent of the dogs reacted more to praise than to food. It follows that the vast majority of dogs love us at least as much as the food.

It also struck the result of the experiment when the dogs were shown photographs of the people. It turns out that dogs have a separate section of the brain, “processing” people’s faces. That means that dogs learn not just to be around us. It’s very important for a dog to look at the expression of our faces.