Yep, your dog manipulates you with ‘puppy eyes’ to get what he wants

You know you’re not supposed to feed Buster scraps from the table, but you just can’t help yourself when he looks up at you with those adorable puppy eyes. Well, the results from a new study published in Scientific Reports might make you think twice.

According to researchers, dogs put on that irresistible, imploring expression for our benefit and rarely use it when they’re hanging out with other dogs. Translation? Your pooch has been manipulating you this whole time.

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BORDER COLLIE

According to Coren, these dogs are able to learn a new command in under five seconds and follow it at least 95 percent of the time.

POODLE

Second place on Coren’s list of smartest pups, these beauties are also great family dogs and hypoallergenic.

GERMAN SHEPHERD

There’s a reason why these guys make great crime-fighting pals—they’re obedient and alert (and handsome, too).

GOLDEN RETRIEVER

The ultimate family-friendly dog, these pooches are loyal, whip smart and very patient.

DOBERMAN PINSCHER

Playful and fun-loving, this breed is easy to train and fiercely loyal.

SHETLAND SHEEPDOG

Hey, only a highly intelligent breed would be able to raise a pig. (If you don’t get this Babereference, please go rent the movie immediately.)

LABRADOR RETRIEVER

The most popular dog breed in America is also one of the smartest. Great with families, these guys are loving and loyal.

PAPILLON

Named after the French word for “butterfly” (just look at those sweet, pointed ears), this toy breed is intelligent, energetic and friendly.

ROTTWEILER

Fans of children’s book Good Dog, Carl won’t be surprised to discover that rotties are fearless, devoted and confident. (And also very obedient, according to Coren.)

AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG

No wonder these canines are such excellent work dogs. But even without cows to herd, this breed makes great companions thanks to their obedience, loyalty and protective nature.

PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI

We wouldn’t expect anything less from Her Majesty’s favorite breed.

MINIATURE SCHNAUZER

Full of energy, these friendly pups are fast learners and sociable (and they have the best mustaches).

ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL

Affectionate, athletic and attentive, these tail-waggers were bred as hunting dogs.

BELGIAN TERVUREN

Ideal watchdogs, these pooches are highly trainable and have boundless energy.

SCHIPPERKE

From the Belgian region of Flanders, this breed is curious, confident and clever. (Although these small pups definitely think they’re bigger than they are.)

BELGIAN SHEEPDOG

Those Belgians really know a thing or two about smart pooches, don’t they?

COLLIE

Well, duh—have you never seen Lassie before?

KEESHOND

Outgoing and playful, this sturdy breed is known for the markings around their eyes that looks like glasses.

GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER

Cooperative and trainable, these pups are popular hunting dogs so they need plenty of exercise.

FLAT-COATED RETRIEVER

Great with kids, this friendly breed is also a popular therapy dog.

ENGLISH COCKER SPANIEL

With their soft and luxurious coat, these guys love being friendly with kids, adults and even other pups. 

STANDARD SCHNAUZER

Devoted, loving and playful, these guys are also hypoallergenic.

BRITTANY

Known as sensitive souls who are very clever and attentive.

COCKER SPANIEL

Thanks to a certain fictional female dog, the cocker spaniel has a lot to live up to.

NOVA SCOTIA DUCK TOLLING RETRIEVER

If you’re looking for a dog that loves to play fetch, then look no further than this smarty-pants.

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Experts originally thought that animal facial expressions were dependent on emotional state and beyond your pet’s control. But scientists from the University Dog Cognition Centre at Portsmouth University (which we can only imagine is the happiest office in the world) found that dogs mostly use facial expressions when humans are around and as a response to attention. 

The most common expression dogs used to sway humans in the study? Puppy eyes (i.e., raised brows that make eyes look bigger and sadder).

But what exactly it is that your pup is trying to communicate with those sweet eyes remains unclear. Does she want to be petted? A treat? Some cuddles? Until we know for sure, it’s probably best to give her all three.

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#15: Australian Shepherd

Australian shepherd owners typically lose their dog about 0.9 times a month.​​​​​​

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#14: Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernes mountain dog owners typically lose their dog about 0.9 times a month.

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#13: Treeing Walker Coonhound

Treeing walker coonhound owners typically lose their dog about 0.9 times a month. 

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#12: Standard Poodle

Standard poodle owners typically lose their dog about 0.9 times a month.

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#11: American Bulldog

American bulldog owners typically lose their dog about 0.9 times a month.

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#10: Great Dane

Great Dane owners typically lose their dog about 1.2 times a month.

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#9: Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard owners typically lose their dog about 1.2 times a month.

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#8: Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois owners typically lose their dog about 1.2 times a month.

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#7: Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and tan coonhoud owners typically lose their dog about 1.2 times a month.

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#6: Pit Bull Mix

Pit bull mix owners typically lose their dog about 1.2 times a month.

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#5: Bluetick Coonhound

Bluetick coonhound owners typically lose their dog about 1.2 times a month.

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#4: Catahoula Leopard Dog

Catahoula leopard dog owners typically lose their dog about 1.2 times a month.

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#3: Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees owners typically lose their dog about 1.2 times a month.

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#2: Bloodhound

Bloodhound owners typically lose their dog about 1.5 times a month.

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#1: Anatolian Shepherd

Anatolian shepherd owners typically lose their dog about 2.13 times a month.

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