The Dog Facial Action Coding System (DogFACS) is a scientific observational tool for identifying and coding facial movements in dogs. The system is based on the facial anatomy of dogs and has been adapted from the original FACS system used for humans created by Ekman and Friesen (1978). The DogsFACS manual details how to use the system and code the facial movements of Dogs objectively. The manual and certification is freely available (see below).
More info regarding the development of this FACS system can be found here:
Waller, B. M., Peirce, K., Caeiro, C. C., Scheider, L., Burrows, A. M., McCune, S., & Kaminski, J. (2013). Paedomorphic facial expressions give dogs a selective advantage. PLoS one, 8(12), e82686.
DogFACS is not an ethogram of facial expressions, and does not make any inference about any underlying emotion or context causing the movement. Instead this is an objective coding scheme with no assumption about what represents a facial expression in this species. It will not explicitally teach you cat facial expressions.
To access the DogFACS manual, please fill out the form below. Further details, including a link to the manual, will be sent to the email which you provide.
If you do not receive the manual within 24 hours (this is usually instant) please contact us.
To become a certified DogFACS coder, we encourage you to take the associated test. The DogFACS test involves trainees to accurately code the facial movements in a series of video clips.
The materials for the test, and further instructions, can be found with the manual, and can also be accessed via the form below.
DogFACS was developed thanks to the joint effort of:
The development of DogFACS was supported by a WALTHAM® Foundation Research Grant to Bridget Waller, Juliane Kaminski and Anne Burrows.
We would like to thank: