Why Dogs Just Can’t Seem To Recognize Us On Our Phones And Tablets

Emilio Cogliani

Don’t blame Rover if he’s not very responsive to your video chats. Scientists say dogs have a hard time viewing (and making sense of what they see on) small screens.

“Dogs perceive the world largely by smell. This makes any virtual presence confusing for them, since the way they recognize us is missing,” Dr. Jennifer Golbeck, a computer scientist at the University of Maryland in College Park, who has studied the ways in which dogs interact with technology, told The Huffington Post in an email. “Also, dogs just have a hard time looking at screens. In our research with dogs and video chat, it takes a lot to get them to pay attention to the screen.”

No screen sense. Previous studies showed that dogs are able to recognize their owners in images. And when they’re encouraged to look at faces on a computer screen, they tend to gaze…

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