Have you ever had the sneaking suspicion your dog is smiling? Perhaps even laughing? Well, there’s a good chance you were correct. Believe it or not, dogs are capable of both.
Everyone assumes that when a dog is wagging its tail, the dog is happy; but that’s not what we’re talking about here. When we say your dog can laugh and smile, we mean that literally.
If your dog is truly having a great time, it will change its facial expression to form a smile, and it might even produce an audible laugh. However, it should be noted that ordinary panting can easily be mistaken for smiling and laughter, because when a dog laughs, it looks and sounds a lot like panting.
How to Make Your Dog Laugh
If you’re having a hard time differentiating between ordinary panting and doggie laughter, you can actually make your dog laugh, according to Modern Dog Magazine.
The way you do this is by mimicking dog laughter. The dog will think you’re laughing for some reason, and feel obliged to laugh along.
To imitate dog laughter, all you have to do is round your lips and make a breathy “huh” sound followed by a breathy “hah” sound. Then you simply repeat the pattern until you get something like, “huh-hah-huh-hah-huh.”
You can also make your dog laugh simply by entertaining them and showing them a good time. Dogs are most prone to laughter when they are playing with other dogs, so an afternoon at the dog park is probably the best way to give your pup a good chuckle.
Some dogs may also be stimulated to laugh by doing anything they thoroughly enjoy, like going for a walk or a ride in the car. Give it a try sometime and see if you can get your pooch to giggle.