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Do dogs find things funny

Do dogs find things funny



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Do dogs find things funny, too?

I know that we are laughing and crying over all of the funny things dogs do! But do they also find humor in things we don't expect? Do they have the same types of smiles and laughter that we humans do? Do they even laugh? If so, how?

I remember a year or so ago I was reading a forum post and was amazed at a picture of a dog that looked as if it was smiling with its mouth closed. Another poster asked if it was laughing and the poster responding to the question said "it was a sad face." So I'm wondering if dogs see things like that in the same way we humans do.

As I read your post, it occurred to me that I've seen dogs laughing. In fact, I thought they were smiling. My dog, who's now 19, always seems to be smiling when I'm around. As in, he actually smiles in photos that have people in them. When I look through his past pictures, I don't notice a lot of laughing.

Now my question is... do other dogs laugh? What type of behavior is typical of a dog laughing? Do they make the same facial expressions as us, and is there a name for that particular type of facial expression?

I don't know what's typical but I'm assuming most dogs would smile if a situation called for it. I know mine would.

It might be funny to see how a dog's response would differ from how people might respond to those same funny things. The dog may have no clue what's funny.

What you're doing now is called the "Canine-Human Face Mapping Project" and we're doing some interesting things with it. It's very exciting. I hope to be able to answer some of your questions about that. The basic idea is that we've been mapping the facial expressions of dogs by using their ability to read and react to human facial expressions and postures. For instance, we've been mapping their smile, laugh, and frown expressions. We have an index that we use to sort their expression maps into the same categories as human expressions. (The dog's map has its own categories and is arranged in a different way).

This is a very, very exciting, new field for me. As you can imagine, we spend hours in a lab watching, studying, analyzing, discussing, and generally being enthralled by the amazing abilities that dogs have of being able to read human facial expressions, and they have for hundreds of years. Now that we've done the facial expression mapping, we can see if any of these can be translated into how a dog reacts to a laugh.

My goal is to look at some of the things that have been observed and find out how to do it in the lab.

Here are a couple of the dog's expressions we have mapped:

"You don't know how happy I am! Look at that!"

"I can't believe that happened!"

"You'll never know how many times I was asked to be a model for that picture!"

"I just had to say something, even though my master's not with us today."

"Now, it's your turn to laugh."

"What's wrong, dear? Do you want a doggie biscuit?"

The point of all of this, as I said before, is to answer your question. The only way we can answer it, is to go into the lab and study it.

Thank you very much for your response. It was very interesting. I thought you were going to go into a little more detail on it.

Thank you very much for the explanation. I never knew that about dogs being able to see human faces. I think that's pretty cool. I hope one day I can go to the lab and see what you guys have in store for me.

Now, one other question. In the picture of that dog, it seems like it's happy. If you ask me, it looks to be very angry, too. How do you know if it was laughing or if it was just being happy? Did the poster on the forum explain?

My question to you is this: do you know what the term is for the type of facial expression your dog is exhibiting?

We have a lot of research in our lab on facial expressions. It's called Fuzzy Logic.

Fuzzy logic is the use of mathematical and computer tools that can simulate emotions. In this simulation, you can model different facial expressions. When we model human expressions, we know them well. We are really interested in modeling dog expressions. We're using those same models to look for the patterns of emotion that are being expressed.

If you have a look at my first response, I have an index that shows you the different types of smiles that we see. In some of those, the face is open. It means that the person was smiling. Other smiles are closed, meaning that the person was smiling and he had his teeth hidden. There is also a type of smile where there is a small smile, or a half smile.

There are many different things you can do with a smile. One of them is to be happy. Another is to be sad. There are others.

I hope this helps.

Bella

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