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Is yawning contagious to dogs ?

Posted on Friday, 9 August, 2013 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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New research suggests that dogs can sense fatigue and are able to join humans in bouts of yawning.

Yawning is often considered to be contagious - when one person yawns everyone else in the room starts doing it, but what about other animals ? A new study conducted in Japan investigated the link between yawning in dogs and yawning in humans. The results suggested that dogs are just as susceptible to contagious yawning as humans are.

"Our study suggests that contagious yawning in dogs is emotionally connected in a way similar to humans," said study leader Teresa Romero. Other species such as chimpanzees are also believed to be similarly susceptible to the phenomenon.

"Tired dog lovers who think their pet pooch is yawning right along with them may just be right, according to a Japanese study."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by AliveInDeath7 on 9 August, 2013, 17:05
I wouldn't be surprised, considering I'm always the first to yawn when seeing my dog let one out.
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin on 9 August, 2013, 19:48
I can see that. There have been several times when our dog, otherwise laying on the carpet and staring at us, will yawn if one of us yawns. Not every time, but enough to suggest a possible connection as the article mentions.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Eldorado on 10 August, 2013, 12:22
If it's female dog owner is she called a mistress? Am liking the thought of a dog having a mistress. I betcha French poodles have loads. *looks for medcation*
Comment icon #4 Posted by Zaphod222 on 10 August, 2013, 12:34
Simple imitation, that is all. Yawning itself, of course, has a completely different meaning for a dog than for a human.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Eldorado on 11 August, 2013, 16:16
Luckily, peeing and having a dump in the street is not 'contagious' to humans. Well, most humans.
Comment icon #6 Posted by MetalShinobi on 16 August, 2013, 1:24
Some cats will do this too.
Comment icon #7 Posted by rustygh on 14 September, 2013, 10:13
Natgeo wild new show, secret lives of dogs suggest that the dog yawning is empathetic and shows a good bond with the owner.
Comment icon #8 Posted by freetoroam on 14 September, 2013, 10:23
This does not surprise me. Our dog f*rts when my husband does, its like they are competing for a Verdi prize sometimes!
Comment icon #9 Posted by brlesq1 on 16 September, 2013, 0:30
My dog sometimes yawns when I yawn, but she usually yawns when she's frightened.

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