How to Train a Puppy to Laugh

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3-14 Days
Fun

Introduction

Fizzy tumbled into your home and life hasn’t been the same since. No longer do you have any privacy as your puppy follows you everywhere. You also no longer have to worry about your partner not giving you a cuddle in the evening because your canine companion is always happy to have a snuggle. However, it hasn't all been positive. There is no such thing as sleeping in anymore, as you have to take your puppy out to go to the toilet, rain or shine. But Fizzy is growing up quickly so you’d like to start training some commands. Aside from the standard ‘Sit’ and ‘Wait’, you’d like to teach them something interesting and quirky.

Training your puppy to laugh will be hugely entertaining. In addition, it’s a great way to channel her attention into something constructive. It also makes for fantastic bonding time. Not to mention, a laughing puppy makes for a brilliant social media story!

Defining Tasks

Training a puppy to laugh isn’t as complicated as you might think. You’ll need to monitor her closely to find situations which naturally cause her to laugh or make a laughing sound. Once you’ve found that, you just need to use the right incentive to encourage her to keep doing it. You can then introduce a verbal command so you can have her laugh on cue.

Because Fizzy is just a puppy, her brain should absorb new information extremely quickly. This means it could be a matter of days before training yields successful results. However, if Fizzy has a short attention span and isn’t interested in following your instructions, then you may need a week or two. If you can stick with training, you’ll soon have a puppy that’s the talk of the town and social media famous. Starting obedience training now will also make it easier to teach her other tricks further down the line.

Getting Started

The good thing about this trick is that you need very few things to get going. You’ll need some quiet space where you both won’t be distracted. You’ll then need a selection of mouth-watering treats. Alternatively, you can break her favorite food into small pieces. You will also need a toy and a clicker for one of the methods below.

Set aside just ten minutes each day for training. While she's a puppy, it’s important to keep training sessions short, otherwise you'll find that she quickly loses interest.

Once you have all of that, just bring patience and a can-do attitude, then work can begin!

The Natural Instinct Method

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Monitor
Spend a couple of days closely watching your puppy. You’re looking for situations which naturally cause her to smile and laugh or make sounds that sound similar to laughing. This could be when she's about to get fed or excited to go for a walk.
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Application
Once you’ve found a trigger, put Fizzy in that situation. You may also want to get down next to her while being animated and talk in a high-pitched voice to further encourage her. Be patient as it may take a little while to start with.
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Reward
As soon as your puppy starts to laugh or make laughing sounds, give her a tasty reward and some verbal praise. Try to give it within a few seconds of her laughing, otherwise she may not associate the action with the reward. Remember, the better she will feel after, the more likely it is that she will repeat the behaviour again.
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Practice makes perfect
Now you simply need to practice regularly. Try and practice every day, in fact. The more frequently you train, the sooner you will see results. She will soon start associating laughing with treats and will laugh in any number of situations.
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Lose the reward
Once Fizzy has got the hang of it, you can gradually cut out the rewards. By this point, laughing will have become habit and she'll no longer need a tasty incentive to laugh anymore.
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The Toy and Click Method

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Encouragement
Sit on the floor with your puppy. Get excited and play around with her. Talk in a high-pitched voice and do everything you can to get her worked up. It may take a little while to begin with, but eventually she will give you the beginnings of a smile which can happen when she pants or opens her mouth wide.
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Click
As soon as she even starts to smile and make sounds that sounds like laughing, click to let her know she's done a good job. A clicker is a fantastic training tool. Use it whenever she performs a behaviour correctly and it becomes a signal to her, speeding up the learning process.
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Reward
Once you’ve clicked, you can then hand over a tasty reward. If you’re worried about giving her too much to eat, you can play with a toy for a minute or so instead. Just make sure she feels happy and rewarded.
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‘Laugh’
You can now start introducing a verbal cue. Give a ‘laugh’ command just before or as she starts to make her laughing sounds. Give it in an upbeat tone. Dogs learn best when they think they’re playing a game. Give it just once. You want Fizzy to get in the habit of responding to you first time.
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Lose the treats
Now spend a few minutes each day practicing this. She will soon associate the action with the instruction and it will become habit to laugh as soon as she hears the cue. At this point, you can phase out the treats and just use the clicker to let her know she's done a good job.
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The Watch Me Method

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Setting up
Lead your puppy into a quiet room. Sit in front of her and capture her attention by holding up a treat or a favorite toy. This method works because dogs mirror their owners behaviour. So you’re going to show Fizzy how to laugh.
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The lips
Round your lips to make a ‘huh’ sound. Note that the sound has to be breathy and not sound like you’re speaking. There shouldn’t be any vibration if you put your fingers to your throat.
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Smiling expression
Now start giving a happy, smiling facial expression. Dogs very quickly learn to read when you’re happy and sad, so your face needs to show her how happy you are and how much you want to laugh.
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Add a sound
Now you need to combine steps one and two to make a doggie laughter sound. Don’t give up as it takes a little while to create effectively. Keep practicing until your puppy takes an interest, wags her tail and starts to copy you. It could take practice every day for a couple of weeks, so be patient!
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Reward
As soon as your puppy does start to copy you and laugh, you should give her a tasty reward. This will further reinforce that the behaviour was right and increases the chances of her doing it again. Continue to reward her until she's in the habit of laughing and no longer need a delicious incentive to get her canine cackling.
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