Study shows that our dogs can recognize our faces, and tell us apart from other people...:doghouse:
Until recently, the ability to identify facial features was presumed to be a highly developed skill only humans and primates possess. (This, despite the fact that faces and eye contact are known to play an important role in human-dog communication.)
But a study conducted at the University of Helsinki and published recently in the journal Animal Cognition concludes that domestic dogs – both family dogs and those living in kennels – are also able to recognize faces.
Among the researchers' findings: dogs show more interest in the faces of other dogs than human faces; dogs living with families are more responsive to human faces than dogs living in kennels; and dogs spend a lot of time looking at the eyes.
Also, like humans, dogs have a harder time identifying faces that are upside-down than faces that are normally oriented.
Full article here: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2014/03/12/dog-facial-recognition.aspx