Can Your Dog Smile?

Living 2010/05/13 18:48:36
Related Topics: Dogs, cats, YouTube
Next time your dog greets you at the door after a long day apart, take a closer look: He might actually be smiling at you.

All pets probably express emotions in much the same way that humans do, according to Jeffrey Mogil, a psychologist and neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal and senior author of a study published online in the journal Nature Methods.

Mogil documented changes in the facial expressions of laboratory mice in response to pain … and found that mice express pain through contortions of the face, just as humans do.

"If it works in people and it works in mice, there's no reason I can think of why it wouldn't work in cats and dogs and horses and cows and any mammal,” Mogil said, according to an ABCNews.com report.

While it’s easier for scientists to test for pain than happiness, we recommend this unscientific experiment: Do something that makes your dog really, really happy, take a photo and post it right here on SodaHead. We’re not a scientific journal, but we know a smile when we see one.


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  • Talisman 2010/05/21 01:11:00
    Before she passed away, my Golden Retriever was my best buddy. She smiled allot.
  • Lynn 2010/05/21 00:28:19 (edited)
    Dogs rule. dogs rule
  • Csoccergirl14 2010/05/17 10:00:03 (edited)
    YES!! my doggie smiles ALL the time! it's SO cute!!!!! : ) i LOVE that video!! doggie smiles cute love video is his smile big enough??? doggie smiles cute love video smile
  • Alex-Panda-Ninja-Poet-Dude 2010/05/16 17:38:46
    man my dog hears me walk in and his ears shoot up he barks runs aat me smiles then licks me like theres no tomarrow lol
    walk ears shoot barks runs aat smiles licks tomarrow lol heres my bf Kaleb's dog Jinx
    runs aat smiles licks tomarrow lol bf kalebs dog jinx heres my dog Pablo
  • BeLa 2010/05/16 16:54:23
    yes he can
  • sloan BeLa 2013/08/18 02:19:25
  • freaky 2010/05/16 13:32:13
    yes!! ;]
  • jackolantyrn356 2010/05/16 02:46:34
    My ol' Dog seldom ever smiled, but when he thought he was overly pleased with something he would laugh.Join the discussion! Answer here.
  • wandering mystery aka Relch... 2010/05/16 00:50:52
    wandering mystery aka Relcho of Anid
  • Shadowhunter<3 2010/05/15 20:40:52
    Yep, of course! Although if they show all their teeth, that is agressive. But some dogs just look like they smile all the time cause of how thier jaw is formed.
  • Shadowh... 2012/06/23 22:16:59
    I have an English Collie, a girl called Charlie. She has always shown her teeth when she is excited, when she was a puppy until now, at 8 years old. People usually think she is being aggressive and snarling at them, but she is the friendliest dog you could ever see, she has never bitten anyone, as soon as she is excited, like when you come home and she hasn't seen you in a while, she jumps up at you while showing all her teeth. lol.
  • Shadowh... 2012/07/04 23:45:40
    Really? That's adorable!! My puppy- a Golden Retriever- just always looks like she's smiling. My friend's Tibetian Terrier does the same thing that your Charlie does.
  • Kennedy1st 2010/05/15 20:24:13 (edited)

    Kennedy smiles ....he's my cat/

  • Tucker 2010/05/15 16:00:01
    Everytime he sees me naked.
  • Rose Phelps 2010/05/15 13:42:40
    Rose Phelps
    sure they can smile! my dog snowy grins when he sees at sum gorgeous lady dog! i mean bitch!
  • tewaz1 2010/05/15 08:08:47
    No, Angel was a very serious pup.
    angel pup

    Our cat Tiger Lilly can, though. It's terrifying! O.O
    angel pup cat tiger lilly terrifying
  • Jim 2010/05/15 05:50:27 (edited)
    sure he does..
  • Fearless_canine 2010/05/15 04:52:21
    Here's my dogs smile. dogs smile
  • spidermonkey™POTL~PWCM~JLA☮Paul
    Awwwww.....my dog can smile and do all kinds of stuff.....he is a very emotional dog and even gets depressed.......... awwwww dog smile kinds emotional dog depressed
    He's very smart!
  • sloan spiderm... 2013/08/18 02:20:40
    So ador
  • J.R. ♫♪~♥A7XfoREVer♥~♪♫
    yes, he can smile... Its so cute!
  • υяsυℓα  vεηgεαηcε ►нαя∂ cσяε sтяαιgнт ε∂gε◄
    No. My dog's been dead for 4 years.
  • SimsNerd 2010/05/14 22:43:43
    only when she wants to bite me! hahaha
    we have a terrier mix
    bite hahaha terrier mix
    she looks exactly like that just different colors.
  • Naita 2010/05/14 22:21:46
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWW!... I love all the dogs <3 <3 <3
  • Sister Jean 2010/05/14 21:43:39
    Sister Jean
    Princess smiles too
  • Merlin 2010/05/14 21:02:02
    My dog loves to smile, they'll sometimes even pose when I go to take a picture haha! Sometimes they'll run away :P
  • Catnip "Guru" ◊◊◊∞◊◊◊
    My dogs can CUT the cheese. Does that count?
  • Derek 2010/05/14 19:46:58
    Cat's facial muscles are closer to human's than dog's are.
  • George. 2010/05/14 19:35:31
    My puppy Brutus smiles all the time!

    puppy brutus smiles

    When he was really little. :)
  • LoneWolfe_19 2010/05/14 19:08:28 (edited)
    yeah my dog cheezes out when i talk to her. yeah dog cheezes talk
  • Astro-Boy 2010/05/14 18:51:49
    I don't have a dog, but my friends dog smiles...It's so cute!
  • KeonnaLove 2010/05/14 18:36:46
    yea he always smilein with his fat self
  • r0ckst3dy 2010/05/14 18:00:18
    ya my doggy smiles. its fuuny cuz he kinda looks like he's a human, just a little bit ya doggy smiles fuuny cuz kinda human
    he looks like dis, but he's a red nose pitbul
  • mary 2010/05/14 17:48:22
    yes all the time
  • Nick 2010/05/14 17:30:06
    YES!! He is sooo CUTE
  • Autumn 2010/05/14 16:26:30 (edited)
    yes, And Cats too cat
  • Toodleloo SodaHead 2010/05/14 16:23:26
    Toodleloo SodaHead
    My dog just likes to be a camera whore with her and her big nose xD

    dog camera whore nose xd
  • Demon Shark 2010/05/14 16:14:14
    Demon Shark
    yes, a bit...
  • Mimi 2010/05/14 16:03:22
    No because ,I don't have a dog.
  • Angel Dust 2010/05/14 15:45:32
    Angel Dust
    my dog does smile and says......ROOOOOOFF!!!!!

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