Scientists discover pet dogs yawn when their owners do, as part of emotional connection

IT’S true. Your dog yawns when you do and the process is contagious, just as it is in humans.

Scientists have found that pet dogs yawn significantly more in response to their owners than to strangers’ yawns.


Dogs also respond less frequently to fake yawns, suggesting they have the ability to yawn contagiously just as humans do.


Previous research has shown that dogs yawn in response to human yawns but it was unclear whether this was a response to stress or empathy.