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What is a dog laugh?
A dog laugh is a forced breathy exhalation through the mouth. Dogs produce this sound during play. This breathy exhalation, dog-laughter, appears to be a vocalization exclusive to play encounters and friendly encounters with other dogs and people. This vocalization is a signal to reinforce play, a signal to initiate of play, and to demonstrate good intentions.
What does a dog laugh sound like?
The forced breathy exhalation sounds very much like a human laugh with the vocal vowel removed. For example, if you laughed Hah, hah, hah - then simply remove the "A," the same amount of forced air is released.
Where can I read the research paper?
We have posted the research paper from the proceedings of the International Conference on Environmental Enrichment (2005), Dog Laughter: Recorded playback reduces stress related behavior of shelter dogs.
Where can I hear a recording of this sound?
We have a small sample of the vocalization here. Just click here.
For a full recording, we are offering a CD for purchase. The full recording is 45 minutes of digitally recorded dog laughter. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) animal shelter.
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