Does your dog ever make you laugh - on purpose? Does he know he's being funny? An even stranger question - does your dog find things funny?
There are countless stories of dog antics and behavior that are funny, but most of those you'd have to say are unintentional. Humorous behavior may be repeated because of the positive reaction received. In this case, you can't say the dog has a sense of humor, but is acting on positive reinforcement.
But dogs may be a little smarter than that. Just as some people enjoy making others laugh, it would seem, so do some dogs. Author Stanley Coren tells of his Cairn Terrier, Flint, who frequently seemed to try to amuse his owners. On one occasion, Stanley's wife Karen was having friends over for coffee. Flint hung around the guests, perhaps hoping for a morsel of food. Karen shooed the dog away and told him to go find something interesting to do. Flint obediently left, only to return with one of Karen's undergarments in his mouth. Coren writes, "Evading capture, he proceeded to flagrantly snap it from side to side with great joy - to the amusement of the company and the dismay of my wife.'
Did the terrier know he was being funny? Hard to say, but Coren says Flint did get a great deal of enjoyment out of it.
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