Do dogs understand laughter?

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Just a question I have always wondered. I don't think they can understand words. And what is laughter as in "ha ha ha" but words. I guess but then again maybe they sense or feel your emotions. Then they can connotate the sound of laughter with the person's emotion. Is this learned or an innate understanding? Do they have to get to know a person before understanding when they hear that person's laughter?

Also have you ever seen a dog laugh? Maybe not in the same way as us people but in their own way.
 

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Just a question I have always wondered. I don't think they can understand words. And what is laughter as in "ha ha ha" but words. I guess but then again maybe they sense or feel your emotions. Then they can connotate the sound of laughter with the person's emotion. Is this learned or an innate understanding? Do they have to get to know a person before understanding when they hear that person's laughter?

Also have you ever seen a dog laugh? Maybe not in the same way as us people but in their own way.
I have seen on American Favorite Videos dogs that appear to be laughing or more acurately “Smiling”. I would say on the whole dogs do not laugh but they sure as hell know lots of words. Well trained dogs have quite a vocabulary and do what the words implies. As far as “emotions”, dogs to me are so in tune to humans it is like your best friend. Some dogs are certainly more empathic then others but they react to everything humans do, anger, yelling, crying, laughing sadness and happiness. They are nothing like cats in that way, to me they are the most special creature put on this earth.
 
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