Admittedly I am biased, but how could these faces not bring a grin to yours? I know they make me laugh every day!
One point of the contest was to help us improve our clicker skills. There are other things I have done to try and increase my skills such as clicking when a commercial changes or when a traffic light changes. I know others have tried these and other tricks also. But this game has a motivating benefit that the dogs love it. When you are watching them “hoover” up the treats one after another, clearly thinking they won the treat lottery, their joy is contagious.
As the times started pouring in people were getting faster and faster. And people kept trying and reporting over and over, making and posting video’s. (Which you should really check out!) I have to wonder would we all have got so excited over contest to click commercials? I think the fact that the dogs loved this game so much made us love it.
So does that work in reverse? Could our excitement have been helping our dogs be excited? Was our joy helping them be “in the game”? I think so. (And I’m sure the treats didn’t hurt!)
What other anecdotal evidence is there that joy is contagious no matter how many legs you have? Meeka is good example. If we start laughing, at anything, she will nearly always respond with excitement. Even if something strikes us funny on the t.v. she responds to our reaction.
How? She turns into “wild-girl”. Wriggling, prancing, nubbin waggin’, growly and woofing. The more excited we get the more excited she gets. Is she joyful because we are? I’d like to think so.
Maizey? She expresses her joy starting with her tail. My grandpa says its like a flag waving in the wind. When she is happy it’s like a sail that moves the rest of her body. (I love tails!) She also seems to think happy or sad Maizey kisses are the best way to let you know she’s with you.
My conclusions about dogs and human emotions? Anyone that shares their life with a 4legged friend knows that our pups react to us, happy or sad. But we know even more is that our pups stimulate and motivate our emotions. Even if the only emotion is loving them!