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Yawning is How Dogs Show Their Love

He's not bored! He loves you!

Sarah Hoyt


August 20, 2013 - 9:00 am
Aw!  You love him THAT much?

Aw! You love him THAT much?

According to an article in Jewish World Review Yawning is how dogs show they love you:

Scientists think dogs might be feeling empathy for their owners when they do what humans often do with one another: contagious yawning.

Dogs yawn more frequently when the human yawner is their owner than when it’s a stranger, researchers said in a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One.

“Our study suggests that contagious yawning in dogs is emotionally connected in a way similar to humans,” Teresa Romero, who conducted the study with colleagues from the University of Tokyo, said in a statement.

So, go ahead and yawn. If he yawns back, he loves you.  If he doesn’t, perhaps you DO bore him.

This is better than my cats who show their affection in other ways — which is why the book I Could Pee On This is “poems by cats” not “poems by dogs.”


photo courtesy © WilleeCole

Sarah Hoyt lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons and too many cats. She has published Darkship Thieves and 16 other novels, and over 100 short stories. Writing non-fiction is a new, daunting endeavor. For more on Sarah and samples of her writing, look around at Sarah A. or check out her writing and life blog at According to

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