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Old 10-23-2013, 05:58 AM
 
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There are some great shots of dogs especially smiling and I believe they do. but a turtle? What animals do you think really smile?

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Old 10-23-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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Humans read a lot into expressions. No they Dont per sa Smile its the way their muscles are made for better eating drink etc.
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:38 PM
 
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There must be some study out there. Apes, monkeys and dogs smile. Here's a few I enjoyed looking at,
but are they really smiling?

http://raids.com/uploads/funny-smili...animals-23.jpg

http://www.takepart.com/sites/defaul...ive%20SIZE.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7ls7nP9To2...00/animal2.jpg


http://blu.stb.s-msn.com/i/A4/B35052..._cBiMjNvcE.jpg
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:15 PM
 
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There are some great shots of dogs especially smiling and I believe they do. but a turtle? What animals do you think really smile?

I know that dogs I've had expressed emotion.

Like this one time my dog (a male) was being humped by another male. Just on the stomach, and it all happened so fast (yet so slow).

My dog was laying in the grass on his back, and the dog started humping his stomach.

I could tell it took my dog like 2 seconds to "comprehend" what was going on.

After the 2 seconds I could see that he figured it out in his brain.

He quickly jumped backwards and then stood up.

He clearly said "WTF" in his doggy mind.

And he was distraught for a few seconds afterwards.
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:25 PM
 
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There must be some study out there. Apes, monkeys and dogs smile. Here's a few I enjoyed looking at,
but are they really smiling?
Here's a short video of apes being released after 30 years imprisonment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7PAMgNEtSY



You can see that some chimpanzees are more outgoing than others , some are shyer more cautious.

You can see them with confused looks, with curiosity, with happiness, with sharing their happiness with others by giving each other hugs.
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:21 PM
 
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Yes , They do but we may or may not notice their expressions .
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:43 AM
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Most animals' faces are not structured like our, and they don't rely as much on facial expression to convey meaning or communicate feelings. To expect animals to function as we do in facial expressions is anthropomorphism, which can lead people to totally misunderstand an animals feelings or intentions. Even without expressive faces, animals DO have feelings. They just express them differently, if at all. Whether they can express them or not, they have them.
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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I had a wonderful dog who used to crinkle her nose into a contorted kind of smile when she was caught with her head in the trash bin. She knew better but just had to try to find an overlooked goodie.

They do have a way of making me smile whether that is their intent or not.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Long Neck,De
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Most animals' faces are not structured like our, and they don't rely as much on facial expression to convey meaning or communicate feelings. To expect animals to function as we do in facial expressions is anthropomorphism, which can lead people to totally misunderstand an animals feelings or intentions. Even without expressive faces, animals DO have feelings. They just express them differently, if at all. Whether they can express them or not, they have them.
While they don't technically have facial expressions my dogs appearance convey happiness on unhappiness to me
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:41 PM
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While they don't technically have facial expressions my dogs appearance convey happiness on unhappiness to me
Agreed. Cats too convey happiness with purring and head bonks and licking hands. We have a cat that grabs my hand and licks the back until I think she'll take the skin off. She loves me.
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