Interesting article here (from Cesar Millan’s newsletter this morning).I really like the idea of using canine "laughter" to calm shelter dogs. From the article:"Researcher Patricia Simonet from Sierra Nevada College discovered that certain breathy, excited exhalations could be the canine version of laughter. Her team brought a parabolic microphone to a park and, from a distance, recorded the sounds that dogs made while playing. They discovered a special exhalation that was different from normal panting. Later, the team played the sound for other dogs who started to play after hearing the "laugh." They also discovered that it helped to calm shelter dogs who were under stress."Crazy lady is searching for a recording of this sound, to maybe help calm my stressful moments. She sometimes worries that I "feed" off of her anxiety. During her shrink appointment last week, I would not settle in the room-- I kept pacing, whining and putting my head on her lap. She was crying, and I was upset. As soon as she calmed down, I relaxed in the room. The human shrink thought it was great (what? I know. Shrinks.) He said I was crazy lady's medicine. I think crazy lady wanted to be my medicine. (like the booty shot?)
I keep reminding her that we can help each other. I told her, "Don't worry chick-a-dee. As long as you play and cuddle with me, all is great with our world!"
P.S. Crazy lady found it! You can listen to the sound of "laughter" here, and read the original article here (or, just go to www.laughing-dog.org for more information).