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TheTruth About Dog‘Smiles’
good game of fetch, but if the corners of their mouth are drawn back and stretched tight, it might be a sign that something is making them nervous — possibly the strange object their human is putting near their face. Another difference between stress and happiness can be seen in a dog’s eyes. For most dogs, when we’re happy, our eyelids are relaxed and the whites of our eyes are hidden. But when dogs are stressed, our eyes get wider. If you can see the whites of your dog’s eyes when they’re smiling, they might need some reassurance that everything is okay. This doesn’t mean dogs never smile when we’re happy. Dogs look to their humans for guidance. If your dog learns that a smile makes you happy, they could learn to smile for attention or affection. No matter how your dog shows their happiness, the most important takeaway is yes, dogs can feel happiness. Of course we can! And nothing makes us happier than spending time with the humans we love.
Spring is in the air, and Emma and I couldn’t be more excited! The nice weather means more walks to the park with our humans, which is always so much fun. We’re so happy we can hardly contain ourselves. Humans and dogs show happiness in very different ways. When dogs are happy, we might wag our tail so hard our whole body shakes or lie with our belly up and our tongue out. Meanwhile, humans like to smile or laugh.
Dogs can smile too, but it’s not always a sign that we’re happy. There are a lot of pictures and videos online of “smiling” dogs. Their mouths are open, their teeth are slightly showing, and their lips are upturned slightly so it really does look like a human grin! But I’m here to let dog owners know that sometimes a smile is a sign your dog is really stressed. When dogs are stressed, we pull our ears back. This can cause our lips to open up and mimic a human grin. Your dog could be panting after a
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