We love our furry best friends, and they all have a personality of their own. They also each have their own sense of humor! Dogs show off their sense of humor in a bunch of different ways. For instance, did you know dogs absolutely love to smile?
2. Dogs LOVE to Smile.
Dogs show a lot of teeth when they smile. A dog grin isolated from other body language might even look threatening. However, like their best bi-pedal friends, a happy Canis lupus familiaris will demonstrate soft ears and eyes, sometimes almost closed, and often accompany a toothy grin with a play bow and joyous tail wag. American Staffordshire Terriers, better known as Pit Bulls, literally grin from ear to ear–big smiles that could be intimidating except for the accompanying “I’m happy and I like you” relaxed ears and squinty eyes. Puppies of all breeds tend to be beamers, exhibiting smiles that are unfiltered and spontaneous.
A University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP)-compiled dog behavior article cites various studies and states that the foundational dog smile is a “relaxed, open-mouthed facial expression.” The article further explains that the canine facial expression of smiling is often demonstrated in response to human expressions of humor and happiness, a phenomenon called laugh contagion, and frequently accompanies a play-date invitation to another dog or person. Whatever the motivation, the smile of a dog can start an almost perpetual give and take of human-to-hound-dog humor.