Contact Us

Will Your Dog Yawn After You Do?

Andrew Walker/ Getty Images

Isn’t it funny that when you see someone yawn you almost always follow with one of your own?  Well, now according to a study by scientists at the University of Porto in Portugal, dogs can do the same.  

According to their study, they recorded dogs listening and watching their owners yawn and in many cases the dog followed with a yawn of its own.  It is believed that humans watching another human yawn are actually empathizing with the yawners and then yawn after them.

Now a new study finds that dogs yawn even when they only hear the sound of us yawning, the strongest evidence yet that canines may be able to empathize with us. No wonder they are man’s best friend. Studies have found that dogs tend to yawn more after watching familiar people yawning. In their study if a person unfamiliar with the dog yawned, the dog was less likely to yawn after that person.

On average, canines yawned five times more often when they heard humans they knew yawning suggesting that dogs have the capacity to empathize with humans.”  So if you are an owner of a dog, try yawning and see if Fido follows with one of his or her own yawn.

Let me know how that works out.

Best of Y101

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Y101 Rewards quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Y101 Rewards contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.