Do Dogs Have a Sense of Humor?

Dogs have huge personalities and their antics often result in unexpected hilarity. But do they understand humor as we do?

Canine Comedy

Dogs produce a vocalization during play that can be understood as laughter. This breathy exhale is part of their communication during play.

Laughing Dogs

Research suggests that laughter is good for dogs, reducing stress behaviors and supporting pro-social behaviors among them.

Laughter is Good

Dogs are quick learners. If they make us laugh, we are more likely to continue to engage with them, reinforcing their 'jokes'.

Learning to Laugh

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?

Sense of Humor

Some breeds, like the Coton de Tulear, are described as 'naturally clownish'. Each breed has fundamental traits regarding the ideal temperament.

Canine Clowns

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.

Laughing Together

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