Contagion in dog yawning.

January 30th, 2011

On the way into Peet’s this morning, I saw a dog yawn. Immediately I yawned. This set me to thinking, can humans make dogs yawn? Furthermore, can dogs make other dogs yawn. My friend Tony and I thought up a bunch of scenarios by which we could test this. Then Tony grabbed his iPhone and googled contagion in dog yawning. Surprise, the Brits have already studied it. This short article is worth a read.

2 Responses to “Contagion in dog yawning.”

  1. Scott Keck Says:

    Fred -I recently read “Inside of a Dog” (title more or less) and it was pretty interesting. How dogs follow a humans’s gaze where even chimps and the higher primates do not. The yawning issue, and a lot of other interesting dog stuff. If you want to borrow it sometime let me know. I’ve been a dog lover my entire life. I can’t imagine not having Finnegan the Wonder Dog around, he’s so full of life and has so much personality.

  2. fwickham Says:

    Scott –

    Thanks. Sounds like an interesting book. May want to take you up on it — if the type isn’t too small. (Love my Kindle).


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