10+ Christmas Pictures That The Family Dogs Hilariously ‘Ruined’

  • By Asad
  • December 30, 2020
  • 7 minutes read

It’s that time of year where you partake in the holiday cheer and celebrate by taking family pictures, eating holiday food, and all-around enjoying yourself. You might be a dog aficionado by now, so you know exactly what you’re doing when it comes to your puppies, but even the most experienced dog lovers sometimes forget that their animals tend to feed off the energy you give off. So if you’re in a party mood, so are they.

That’s why certain Facebook groups, in this case, the Dogspotting Society, are so entertaining. Full of people from around the world celebrating their holiday cheer, this group posts pictures of dogs. That’s it. That’s their entire goal, and they do so with phenomenal swiftness and execution. Everyone in the group celebrated their holiday cheer and caught their animals doing the same.

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#1 Getting the party going.

Reuters had some solid things to say,

Many dog owners believe their pets are able to pick up on their moods, but scientists have demonstrated once and for all that man’s best friend can actually recognize emotions in humans. Researchers found that by combining information from different senses dogs form abstract mental representations of positive and negative emotional states in people.

#2 And keeping the party going.

#3 “Our failed attempt at a Christmas card a few years ago lol Merry Christmas”

#4 “My husband and I wanted to take a Christmas family photo with our dog Rylee, but he kept wandering off. When we got home our photographer called us and said, ‘I found where Rylee was.”

Previous studies have shown that dogs can differentiate between human emotions from signs such as facial expressions. But this is not the same as emotional recognition, according to Dr Kun Guo, from the University of Lincoln’s School of Psychology. “This is the first empirical experiment that will show dogs can integrate visual and oratory inputs to understand or differentiate human emotion as dog emotion,”

#5 “I tried to take a cute christmas photo holding my dog…”

#6 “New Years photobomb!”

#7 “It is a rare occasion when we can gather all grown children, significant others, grandkids AND dogs for a family picture. We did it! Sort of.”

#8 “Sully disapproved taking a family photo while matching outfits”

#9 “All is NOT calm”

#10 “Just wanted to take a nice Christmas photo with my dog…”

#11 “Our 2020 Christmas card”

Experiments were carried out by a team of animal behavior experts and psychologists at the University of Lincoln, UK, and University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. They presented 17 untrained domestic dogs with images and sounds conveying either positive or negative emotional expressions in humans and dogs. The dogs used in the testing were unfamiliar with the procedure; avoiding any chance of conditioning. The vocalization sound accompanying the human faces was also unfamiliar.

#12 “This is my cat (Gus) and dog (Honey Pie). Honey wouldn’t sit down next to me so I thought it would be a good idea to hold her and Gus. While my sister was getting ready to take the photo they both started fighting. This photo is the end result. That is the look of true fear on my face of being mauled by my cat!”

#13 “We were taking our family Christmas photo, and let’s just say the dogs weren’t in a Holly Jolly mood. This photo was the worst of the batch, but now it’s a conversation starter. We keep it right by the entrance of our home here in St. Louis”

#14 “A family photo”

#15 A kung fu master.

#16 “Trying to take a nice family photo”

#17 “This photo not only captures a quote from my favourite Christmas movie but also how I dealt with 2020… this is fine. *no dogs were harmed in the making of this picture.”

#18 “Benny disapproves of family photos…”

#19 Let me in!

#20 You can hear the cries.

#21 “Our dog photobombed the annual christmas pictures”

“We used Portuguese to British dogs so they weren’t habituated with any words, they weren’t familiar with any words. So, we wanted to see if the dogs could assess the emotional content of the human voices and whether they would actually discriminate the emotional information within them,” explained Natalia De Souza Albuquerque, a PhD student in experimental psychology. The results, published recently in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, found that dogs spent significantly longer looking at the facial expressions which matched the emotional state of the vocalization, for both human and canine subjects.

#22 “In case you were wondering, this is what happens when you try to take a Christmas card picture, but your dog firmly believes she’s the star of every show…”

#23 “Someone photobombed our Christmas photo.”

#24 “Family Christmas picture photobomb”

#25 “Mom wanted a picture of the dog for our Christmas card. Nailed it?”

#26 The classic Dog move.

#27 “The Crappiest Christmas Ever”

#28 “How my dog opens her Christmas presents”

#29 “How my dog opens her Christmas presents”

#30 “Resentment at it’s finest…not sure if it’s from the elf costume or for us bringing home this baby!”

“What we found is that when dogs were hearing positive sounds they would look longer to positive faces, both human and dog. And when they were listening to negative sounds they would look longer to negative, angry faces,” added De Souza Albuquerque. The study shows that dogs can integrate two different sources of sensory information into a perception of emotion in both humans and dogs. This means dogs must have a system of internal categorization of emotional states. Among animal groups, it’s a cognitive ability previously only evidenced in primates.

#31 “My supervisors daughter got a new dog. This is the Christmas card she just got”

#32 “My Friends dog jumped into the shot”

#33 “This is our 2006 Christmas Card photo with our 6-year-old English Bulldog, Joan”

#34 “My friend’s dog’s reaction after finding out that his Christmas gift was a sweater”

#35 “I just wanted a nice family photo for Christmas. I don’t know what Donut wanted”

#36 “My dog tangled in Christmas lights, and breathing fire”

#37 “Christmas emotions”

The researchers believe that the ability to combine emotional cues may be inherent to dogs. As a highly social species, detecting emotions in humans would have helped them in their domestication by people over the generations.

Dr Kun Guo now wants to conduct more experiments in a bid to better understand how man’s canine companions decipher human emotions. “(So) we can see whether dogs can use a human-like principle or human-like strategy to perceive, understand and respond to human emotion,” he said.

“If we can understand this, surely we can understand dogs better.”

#38 “Taught my dog to pose and now he is photobombing all my attempts to take a pic.”

#39 “My dog wouldn’t sit still for Christmas photos so I just went with it”

Does your dog have a tendency to photobomb the family pictures? Do they feed off your energy as these ones did? Tell us down in the comments!

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