Scientists say your dog can tell if you're mad if they lick their chops

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Researchers at the University of Lincoln in England and the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil have discovered that dogs are even more perceptive at telling your emotions than previously thought -- all thanks to a lick.

That is to say, a dog will lick its lips if it sees you scowling -- not because he or she is hungry.

The researchers exposed dogs to various stimuli, including cues that might spur their appetite, but the chop  licking only occurred when the pooch was exposed to the picture of an angry face.“The findings indicate that this behavior is linked to the animals’ perception of negative emotions,” explains lead author Natalia Albuquerque in a news release.

Only domesticated dogs do this, the researchers say, meaning they craftily have discovered when we're in a bad mood and react accordingly.  

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