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How Dogs Share Their Sense Of Humor With Us: #3

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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. One thing that dogs are known for when they are happy is wagging their tails!

3. Dogs Wag Their Tails.

The word wag is a synonym for clown, comedian, humorist, jester, jokester, prankster, cutup and life of the party. Waggery, the physical expression of being the life of the party, is a man’s-best-friend condition of comedic communication that, while a dog can hold its tail still, is irrepressible when the dog is amused or being amusing. Wagging is so fundamentally tied to dog clowning and cutting up, that dogs with short tails compensate for the lack of big sweeping gestures by wagging their hind quarters or entire bodies.

Northwestern University’s Helix newsletter publishers put a scandal about government funding for the study of duck genitals behind them by taking a closer look at dog emotions and expressions thereof. Evidently, canine right-brained activities are rational, and left-brain activities are emotional. While neuroscientifically oversimplified, it appears that, as the right side tells the left side to wag the tail, humor is a rational and conscious choice for dogs, and expressions of hilarity through tail-wagging are deliberate, resulting in comedically calculating Collies.

Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog needs a checkup, shots, vaccines, give us a call at 503.666.1600.

SRC: 10 Ways Dogs Communicate Their Sense of Humor According to Science

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