Dogs have huge personalities and their antics often result in unexpected hilarity. But do they understand humor as we do?
Dogs produce a vocalization during play that can be understood as laughter. This breathy exhale is part of their communication during play.
Research suggests that laughter is good for dogs, reducing stress behaviors and supporting pro-social behaviors among them.
Dogs are quick learners. If they make us laugh, we are more likely to continue to engage with them, reinforcing their 'jokes'.
Many dog owners describe their dogs playing tricks or displaying behavior that could be considered a joke. But does this mean they have a sense of humor?
Some breeds, like the Coton de Tulear, are described as 'naturally clownish'. Each breed has fundamental traits regarding the ideal temperament.
The more time you spend with your dog, the greater the chances that you'll find something to laugh about together. Their antics can bring joy and laughter to our lives.