The Loh Down On Science

Dog Yawns

Yawns are more contagious than you thought. Even your DOG is susceptible.

Did you know that yawning can change your best friend's life?

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science

Saying, it's doggone true!

Psychologists from the University of London met up with twenty-nine dogs in a place familiar to each--like its owner's home.

They gave the PUP-TICIPANT a treat to gain its attention. THEN they either made themselves yawn repeatedly for five minutes--or just opened and closed their mouths, like fish, for five minutes.

The results were a jaw dropper: TWENTY-ONE of the twenty-nine pooches started yawning after watching the researchers do it. Not ONE canine, however, yawned in response to the fishy movements.

It means humans' yawning is as contagious to dogs as it is among us humans. It may therefore be a form of empathy-they feel our. . . drowsy boredom?

The researchers also suggest that contagious yawning between Man and Beast may help coordinate their interactions--Yawn. Ooo, master tired. Me tired, too. Time for bed.

Where dog's learn to drink from the TOILET, though is still a mystery. And we hope it remains so.


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