You love your crazy dog. In fact, you’d struggle to imagine life without Leo now. Sure you have to get up early to feed him and take him to the toilet. And yes, if you’d have known how much hair he'd leave on your floors and furniture, you might have thought twice. But now you wouldn’t change him for the world. Especially now that you’ve started teaching him some entertaining tricks. You get guests giggling when you have Leo rolling over and jumping around the room. So you’d like to continue teaching him some giggle-inducing tricks!
Training your dog to laugh seems like the next logical step. Firstly, it’s a great way to stimulate his brain and make him work for that tasty trick. It also makes for a great way to bond with your canine companion. But perhaps most importantly, you and Leo might be the talk of the town when his laughing face is going viral!
Training your dog to laugh isn’t as complicated as you might think. You’ll need to carefully watch Leo for situations which naturally bring on a smile and a sound that sounds similar to laughing. You can then use those to teach him to laugh on command. Introducing treats and positive reinforcements will soon get them following your lead. Then it’s simply a case of reinforcing the behavior.
If your dog is a puppy, then he should be at his most receptive. You could see results in a matter of days. However, if Leo is older and his learning days are behind him, then you may need a while longer. It could be a couple of weeks before you see frequent results. If you can master training, you’ll have the perfect way to break the ice in any social situation. Seeing your pup laugh may put a smile on your face as well. And, of course, a happy dog leads to a happy owner!
Before you start training, you’ll need to ensure you have a few bits. So stock up on some delicious treats. Alternatively, break his favorite food into small pieces. You’ll also need a toy and a clicker for one of the methods below.
You’ll then need a quiet place to practice, away from the distractions of a noisy house. So find five to ten minutes each day to train when you’ll both be able to concentrate. A living room or out in the yard often works well.
Once you’ve got all of that, just bring patience and a can-do attitude, then work can begin!