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25 people reveal the most 'creepily intelligent' thing they saw their pet do
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25 people reveal the most 'creepily intelligent' thing they saw their pet do

According to Dr. Brian Hare, author of 'Genius of Dogs', while we sometimes tend to overestimate our furry friends, we also underestimate them at times.

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Have you ever wondered what goes on inside your pet's brain? How much do they know and understand about what's going on around them? How aware are they of the ups and downs in your life? Do they simply spend their days dreaming about snacks or could there be complex thoughts running through their adorable heads? According to Dr. Brian Hare, author of Genius of Dogs, while we sometimes tend to overestimate our furry friends, we also underestimate them at times. "For instance, dogs are better at reading our body language than our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos," he told Bored Panda. "Even though dogs do not have hands and do not point, they can understand what we mean when we point, either to help them retrieve something they’ve lost or if we want them to see something that we have seen."

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"Researchers have found that when your dog stares at you, oxytocin, also known as the 'hug hormone' goes up in you, and when you return your dog's gaze, their oxytocin goes up," explained Dr. Hare, who is a core member of the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. "This promotes feelings of warmth and bonding and is also known as an oxytocin loop. This also happens to be how babies bond with their parents—before they can walk or talk. They rely on eye contact to bond, and it seems our dogs do the same." It's not just dogs who've blown their humans away with their sometimes "creepily intelligent" actions. Responses to a tweet by the well-known Wholesome Memes account show that there's a lot we don't know about our furry friends.

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