Have dogs evolved so they can determine human emotions? Do they have empathy for people, even strangers?
Researchers in Britain ran an experiment to see if dogs have evolved empathy to respond to humans in distress and the results are fascinating.
In the video below, they demonstrate a few of the techniques they use to see how the dogs respond to strangers.
In one clip, Dottie the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is brought out. Her reaction when she sees one of the researchers who she’s never met crying is really touching!