“Why do dogs run in circles? Because it’s hard to run in squares!” I overheard a child at the park tell this joke and I laughed out loud. I shared it with several other people over the next few days and a clear pattern emerged. Dog lovers found it at least a little amusing, but other people offered a courtesy laugh at best and an eye roll at worst. It seems dog humor is another bond that those of us who love dogs can share. Dog jokes typically strike me as funny even if they are just silly little plays on words.
Here are a few of my favorites:
“What do you get if you cross a cocker spaniel, a poodle, and a rooster? A cockerpoodledoo!”
“Why are dogs like phones? They both have collar IDs.”
“Why did the dog chase the red cape? Because he was a bull dog.”
“Why are there Dalmatians on fire engines? To help the firefighters find the nearest fire hydrant.”
Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer who specializes in working with dogs with serious behavioral problems, including aggression. She is the author of five books on canine training and behavior.