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It’s by design…evolutionary design.

When your precious pup makes the sad puppy face, it makes YOU want to roll-over and get your baby anything his/her adorable heart desires. Right!?

THIS is what nature intended. New research found that dogs facial muscles have evolved over time to make that perfect sad puppy face as a way to manipulate their human caretakers. Dogs haven’t always had the ability to do this. Thirty-thousand plus years ago this wasn’t a feature. But once dogs became domesticated, evolution kicked in and those muscles developed.

Want further proof? A close relative of dogs, the wolf, can NOT make that sad face. Because, of course, wolves aren’t domesticated.

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