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Is My Dog Really Smiling At Me?

That moment when you look at your dog and you see their glowing eyes, their mouth in a wide grin with their tongue sticking out, looking like they just heard a silly joke. Then you think, “Awwwww my dog’s smiling!”

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But do dogs really smile the way we humans do? Are their smiles an expression of happiness like ours is?  To answer that question, let’s go back a few thousand years during the wolves time, the dog’s ancestors.

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Wolves and dogs retract the corner of their lips  which pulls the mouth into that happy face we recognize as a smile, in order to show submission and nervousness and even aggression.

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But dogs, being the smart species that they are, can easily learn patterns.  Just like when humans give them treats or recognition for showing that ‘smile’.

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Dogs learn that their smile can get them rewards.  Soon enough, they would associate smiling with a positive experience and a feeling of happiness or genuine contentment.

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You may have subconsciously trained your dog to smile!

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So to answer your question,

YES YOUR HAPPY DOG IS MOST LIKELY SMILING AT YOU! ^_^

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