Smiling Dogs: Do They Really Smile At Us?


Smiling Dogs: Do They Really Smile At Us?

The reports of smiling dogs are so frequent that they became part of songs, such as the song “The Gate” of King Roberto Carlos and marked cartoon characters, such as the dog Grumpy. Moreover, people post videos and photos on social networks of smiling dogs. Others think this is not true. A smiling dog notices itself when they leave their mouths half open and is usually accompanied by the wagging of its tail as a sign of happiness. But the doubt is persistent; after all, dogs can recognize situations of joy and effectively smile?

Smiling Dogs: Do They Really Smile At Us?
Smiling Dogs: Do They Really Smile At Us?

Smiling Dogs Recognize Moment

According to scientists, dogs can not only distinguish tense situations from happy ones but can also recognize happiness. They can even acknowledge joy in their owners; this was pointed out in a study in which, through photos, dogs were able to identify the facial expressions of their owners and unknown people. But it is not always necessary to use studies to prove that dogs identify and differentiate situations involving feelings. They notice when the voices are changed, and so, dogs tend to hide or get excited barking. In cases we address them in a soft voice, they respond with affection and having a party. Wouldn’t that be an indication of the recognition of emotions?

Smiling Dogs: Do They Really Smile At Us?
Smiling Dogs: Do They Really Smile At Us?

Demystifying The Myth

Science has shown that not only dogs but other animals such as chimpanzees and mice make sounds similar to those of human laughter, and they do so when exposed to jokes. After several tests, to associate “laughter” with pleasure, scientists have defined that if exposed to pleasurable situations, dogs become more relaxed, and this laugh brings a sense of well-being. Dog laughter is different from some animal species, they puff, leave their mouths half open and gasp, sometimes bark and wag their tail. The fact is, the smiling dog is not a myth; it’s true. But it must be understood that they smile because they associate laughter with pleasure, but cannot distinguish the situation that leads to such a pleasant situation.

Smiling Dogs: Subjective Feeling

Many times, the dogs smile to express their feelings and showcase their affection. Like kids, they also have some simple demands which they need their owners to fulfill. However, the owner needs to look after the health of the dog, which forces them to restrict somethings. So, dogs have the habit of being stubborn, and they tend to ask for things by bribing the owner with smiles.

Thus, every living being has their desires and to fulfill them, and they tend to use some tricks. Smiling dogs use the smile to accomplish their demand, and the owner has to acknowledge the request. Moreover, the smile on the dog also signifies that they are happy with the owner. However, the smile would also mean that they are very fond of their owner would do anything for them. So, the faithfulness of the dog also depends on the behavior of the owner.

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