Scientists who study animal behavior have proven that dog laughter is just as natural and common as human laughter. According to Radio 1, this was reported in the Russian Cynological Federation.
“Of course, in the usual sense of the word, dogs don’t laugh. Scientists who have studied the issue of laughter in dogs claim that they really know how to do this, although the sounds that they make at the same time resemble more panting or rapid breathing. Therefore, you should not expect fervent laughter from a dog, like a person. This action they usually combine with body language, for example, the pet stretches out its paws, teases with jumps or attracts to the game, ”said Vladimir Golubev, president of the Russian Cynological Federation.
Scientists led by Patricia Simone conducted a series of studies that prove that dog laughter is as natural and frequent as human. Simone studied dogs walking in the parks at their moments of maximum joy and found that they make some special sounds.
Using a spectrograph, the scientists analyzed these sounds, which, to human hearing, are probably completely indistinguishable from a normal huff or just a dog’s breath. However, they were able to identify a special “pronounced exhalation”, which they called dog laughter.
Scientists have found that other dogs seem to recognize the laughter of their relatives and respond with pleasure to it. They decided to record the dog’s barking and laughter on the disc. The recording was played back in a room where there were several dogs. Hearing the usual barking in the recording, the four-legged did not pay any attention to him, continuing to bark. When the laughing tape was turned on, some of the dogs began to look for their toys, while others went chasing their own tail. These reactions have been observed in both puppies and adult dogs.
As a rule, the sounds that scientists called dog laughter are made by pets during the game, when meeting with relatives or the owner. Scientists note that dogs who spend a lot of time on the street and live in suburban homes laugh much more often than pets who sit at home most of the day.
To understand that your dog is laughing in situations where, for example, he is playing with a ball, you can observe the animal’s body language: you can notice playful bows, paws stretching, teasing jumps and vigorous tail wagging.
If laughter prolongs life, then try to create more situations in which the dog is not stressed, is happy to be involved in the game and makes sounds that have been called dog laughter. This way you will not only have a great time with your pet, but also strengthen the emotional connection, making your life together happy.
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