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Do Dogs Laugh?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by El Cid, Nov 18, 2014.


  1. El Cid

    El Cid PetForums Senior

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    The Nobel Prize winning ethnologist, Konrad Lorenz suggested that dogs are capable of laughing. He says that it is during play that dogs actually appear to laugh. In his book Man Meets Dog, Lorenz describes it this way:

    "...an invitation to play always follows; here the slightly opened jaws which reveal the tongue, and the tilted angle of the mouth which stretches almost from ear to ear give a still stronger impression of laughing. This ‘laughing' is most often seen in dogs playing with an adored master and which become so excited that they soon start panting".
     
  2. Amelia66

    Amelia66 PetForums VIP

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    This is pretty much what Scully does when she is really hyped up and having a good play. Normally with the OH as he isn't as home as much so they don't play together as often.
     
  3. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    I think some breeds in particular appear to be always smiling or laughing.
    Samoyeds are one and described as the laughing dog.

    Truly the canine equivalent of the Laughing Cavalier, he beams on all and sundry with a smile from ear to ear. A bad-tempered Samoyed is something that the devotees would shudder to contemplate, and fortunately he is a real rarity.

    The Kennel Club
     
  4. missnaomi

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    I have photographic proof!!
    Here is Rosie laughing at Austin!

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    Seriously though, I have actually no idea, never thought about it!
     
  5. lostbear

    lostbear Bear right at Newcastle . . .

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    Staffies laugh a lot; so do danes. I've also seen dogs snigger when I've done something particularly stupid.



    Cats, however - cats are awful. They smirk!
     
  6. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    This lot must be sniggering at me a lot then in that case.:D
     
  7. picaresque

    picaresque Mongrelist

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    It's been discovered that rats laugh so it doesn't seem very far fetched that dogs might too.
     
  8. redroses2106

    redroses2106 PetForums VIP

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    mines does that face quite often - but only when she is really excited for something, like sausages, or a walk, or if I ask if she wants to play, she doesn't ever just do it randomly, I always considered it a smile lol
     
  9. Dina karen

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    Only if you tell them a decent joke!
     
  10. Dina karen

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    He got a Nobel Prize for just suggesting dogs are capable of laughing??? Christ! I wonder what he would have been awarded if he'd suggested they could count? They must be handing them out like smarties these days- bit like degrees!
     
  11. Dina karen

    Dina karen Guest

    In answer to your question, - only if they find something, funny, amusing, hillariious, laughable, ridiculous, ludicrous, or if you tell them a good joke! I'll wait for my NOBEL PRIZE to arrive in the post shall I? Or shall I ask people to tweet it to me at Dina@Karreneena?
     
  12. Lizz1155

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    Actually, the guy happened to already have a Nobel Prize, then he suggested that dogs are capable of laughing. It wasn't the sole basis of his Nobel ;) The Nobel was for studying animal behaviour in such a way which lead to the development of the field of ethology.
     
  13. Misi

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    Lumi laughs, but sams are famous for their smiles! When I want to take her down for a wee, she rolls onto her back and won't stand up and just laughs. Naughty girl!

    My black cat Leila used to giggle when she was a kitten, when Simba used to pin her down and lick her belly :D
     
  14. poppy2714

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    Some fantastic pictures and what a brilliant question!! I hoping to find out soon :)
     
  15. lostbear

    lostbear Bear right at Newcastle . . .

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    I think he got his Nobel prize for his detailed analysis of ducks and their joke-telling sessions (don't pretend that you haven't heard ducks chortling when you pass the pond - they are not always mocking your fashion sense, you know)
     
  16. ellenlouisepascoe

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    Oh yes! Mine certainly do ;)

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    Jack does :)
     
  18. Happy Paws2

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    Dillon has one.
     
  19. piggybaker

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    You know I've never seen my dog laugh with me... Only at me :)

    I think Tilly chuckles a far bit... Rosie is an eye roller she is to much of a chav to join in... And Buddy, ?
     
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