Dogs can ‘catch’ yawns from human beings – but only from their owners

Dogs can ‘catch’ yawns from humans – but it seems to work best when there’s a bond between dog and man. Dogs yawn even when they only hear the sound of their owners doing the same, researchers have found.

 

In her report behavioral biologist Karine Silva, the lead researcher, said: ‘These results suggest that dogs have the capacity to empathise with humans’.

 

By ROB WAUGH