There is a lot of debate among animal behaviourists about this but most agree that no, dogs can’t laugh. At least not in the sense that humans can laugh. However, dogs can make a sound that is similar to a laugh, which they typically do when they are playing. It’s caused by a breathy panting that’s forcefully exhaled.
Rollo, my schnauzer, knows what puppy hugs are. I’ve been saying it since he was little. I show him the palms of my hands and say,” Puppy Hugs.” Most often, Rollo walks up to me. However, sometimes when I say puppy hugs, he pants loudly, runs away, and comes back wagging his tail with a ball in his mouth. Rollo doesn’t want puppy hugs. Rollo wants to play ball. (EZM)
What does a dog laugh sound like?
In describing the laughter sounds of dogs. “To an untrained human ear, it sounds much like a pant, ‘hhuh, hhuh.” When the recordings were analyzed she found that that this exhalation bursts into a broader range of frequencies than does regular dog panting.
For many years, psychologists and behavioral biologists agreed that laughter was a unique emotional expression found only in humans. However, as the study of animal emotions expanded this idea was called into question. 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”.
Do dogs laugh when tickled? Scientists have found that knismesis is common in mammals, including dogs, as a natural reflex. … While gargalesis hasn’t been officially found in dogs, some dog owners believe their dogs laugh in response to tickles or play. In fact, Patricia Simonet of Sierra Nevada College explored laugher in dogs specifically.
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Posted for educational purposes. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/canine-corner/200911/do-dogs-laugh