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Brent

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Are animals (specifically dogs) ticklish?
« on: 12/02/2009 13:30:02 »
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Are animals (specifically dogs) ticklish?  I would think they are?  

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« Reply #1 on: 12/02/2009 22:20:36 »
I've just tried tickling our dog - there was a lot of sneezing and squirming and even a low growl but no evidence of the sort of response humans give. I am not ticklish.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 13/02/2009 01:19:14 »
Where would they get tickled? Under their feet?
 

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« Reply #3 on: 23/03/2009 02:18:43 »
My dog is thicklish. Especially under her feet, yes. But also at her ears and sometimes at her belly ;-)
 

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« Reply #4 on: 23/03/2009 08:49:02 »
This is worth a look.... rats laugh when you tickle them!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myuceywaOUs

 

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« Reply #5 on: 23/03/2009 08:57:40 »
Laughing?

Sounds like they're screaming: 'eeek let me go!' :D
Either that or I'm starting to imagine things. :)
 

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« Reply #6 on: 23/03/2009 09:02:46 »
Laughing?

Sounds like they're screaming: 'eeek let me go!' :D
Either that or I'm starting to imagine things. :)

he he :) Well you can see the pleasure the rats derive from it.. its quite cute really.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 23/03/2009 09:09:14 »
Yes indeed.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 23/03/2009 11:48:44 »
This is worth a look.... rats laugh when you tickle them!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myuceywaOUs

"...and when when we tested these animals to ask whether they were enjoying this activity the unambiguous answer was Yes."

Right - so they talk as well as laugh.
'Scientists' like this should be should be poked with a sharp stick until they talk sense.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 23/03/2009 13:24:14 »
I tried tickling my pet hyena & cucabura & they definitely laughed.
Others animals laugh too, check this outů
 

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« Reply #10 on: 23/03/2009 15:33:22 »
When I stroke my tortoises chin, they put their head right out to get the maximum stroke along the length of the soft skin of their neck, so I can only assume they like it. As for ticklish, have you ever tried to tickle a shell?
 

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« Reply #11 on: 15/07/2013 21:57:48 »
Addressing the scratch response deflects from rather than answers the tickle question.  Don't they teach rigorous research before drawing conclusions anymore?

Anecdotal evidence time:  I've a dog who, especially when in a heightened emotional state (ie, playful), responds to manual stimulation of his sides at approximately the armpit location by collapsing to the floor while vocalising and play-biting at my hands until I stop.  This is the only situation I've found where he reacts that aggressively, usually being more inclined to paw lightly and sneak in a few licks.  It's repeatably highly dependent on both heightened state and correct location of the tickles.

So, what say you, Mr Scratch-Response-Equates-Mistaken-Tickling-Beliefs?
 

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« Reply #12 on: 04/08/2013 09:24:12 »
While I can accept that it is a reflex, it doesnt explain when my dog keeps coming back for more?
 

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« Reply #13 on: 27/05/2016 04:51:53 »
use fun thanks
 

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