Although much has been learned about dogs over the years, scientists still strive to learn even more. As a result of this, there is probably more information available on these animals than almost any other. Even more than that, there are still things being discovered about these amazing creatures on a regular basis.
For many years, dogs were thought of as work animals and not much more than that. As humans have evolved – both in their thinking and their behavior – so has the way that these animals are perceived. With this change in perception, comes a growing desire to learn even more about the precious pets that brighten our lives.
It has long been revealed that dogs have many things in common with humans. These furry critters feel many of the same emotions as humans do and can even be afflicted with some of the same illnesses and diseases. While the emotions and behaviors of humans are sometimes complicated and difficult to comprehend, this is not always the case with dogs. From joy and sadness to despair and sorrow, these animals can display a wide variety of emotions. Unfortunately, it is not always easy four our four legged friends to tell us what they are thinking or how they are feeling. On the other hand, there are times when their feelings are crystal clear – in their actions, their behaviors and even their expressions.
Although we know that our loyal companions feel many of the same emotions that humans do, it is hard to know to what extent. For example, when humans feel joy or happiness, laughter is a somewhat expected response to these feelings. The question of a canine’s ability to laugh is one that has been asked many times over. The answer to this question is simple – yes – in a manner of speaking. The laughter of a dog, however, is definitely not the same as that of a human. In reality, it is much more like a heavy panting. The harder the animal pants, the deeper the laugh.
Canines pant for different reasons ranging from being hot to being excited. Scientists believe that each pant is different and therefore has a different sound and even appearance. For this reason, it often becomes important for pet parents to learn to read their pets so to speak. As humans laugh to express joy, a dog’s laughter is more closely related to excitement. This is often a result experienced during times of play. As the animal engages in play, he naturally becomes excited. The more excited the animal gets, the more he laughs – or pants. As such, this laughter could be seen as a chain reaction of sorts.
The phrase ‘laughter is the best medicine’ was originally used to convey the therapeutic quality of human laughter. As with many other things, these benefits are not limited to humans alone. Studies have shown that recorded canine laughter can have a calming effect when played for animals in shelter environments or other stressful situations. In addition to the calming effects, these recordings also promoted social interaction and feelings of apparent happiness as well. While this may not seem like much in the way of evidence, the fact remains that the demeanor of these animals was substantially improved after hearing such recordings.
Laughter – whether it be human, canine or other animals – truly is the best medicine for many things. If you have any doubt about that, just watch your pet closely when he plays. You will see an animal that is enjoying life and has no problem showing it to anyone that is watching. That, after all, is what laughter is all about.
I caught an episode of StarTalk that Had Larry Wilmore and Scottt Weems on it discussing the Science of Laughter and this is where i learned that all mammals, yes all laugh – even cats which always seem way to serious to me but they do, here is the link to the episode
and here is info on Scott’s Study into the Science of Laughter;