Interestingly, not all sneezes in dogs are a reaction to irritated nasal membranes. Many dogs sneeze when playing to communicate with other dogs. Owners of small dogs may see this more regularly than those with larger dogs. In these cases, the sneeze is a calming signal. It is most often seen during rambunctious play or play fighting. It signals to the other dog that they are just playing and there is no need to get aggressive. Some dogs also sneeze as a way to encourage play or seek attention.
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