Your Dog’s Yawn Is More Personal Than You ThinkAllison Espiritu
When you hang out with someone long enough, you understand when their mood changes, what they’re feeling, and even when they’re getting tired. Well, same goes for your pooch pal! As much as you spend time together, it’s shouldn’t be a surprise how connected you both really are.
Take the “contagious yawn”, for instance. When it comes to humans, it doesn’t matter if it’s your mother or the guy sitting next to you on the bus. Most of the time, when you see anyone yawning, your reaction is to yawn along with them.
But when it comes to Fido, Japanese researchers have found dogs have a bigger tendency of catching the yawning bug from the owners than from strangers.
“Our results show that the emotional bond between people and their dogs is reciprocal,” Teresa Romero, an animal behavior researcher at the University of Tokyo who conducted the study, told NBC News in an email. “This attachment can shape the dog’s responses in a way similar to humans, that is, to be more sensitive to a familiar yawn than to a stranger.”
Testing out their findings with not only strangers but fake yawns, 25 dogs of different breeds weren’t phased, and mostly reacted when they knew it was a genuine yawn from their owner.
So the next time you feel like you’re, “dog gone tired,” you four-legged canine friend will know exactly what you mean!