Pet dogs can ‘catch’ human yawns

From the BBC (among others):

Yawning is known to be contagious in humans but now scientists have shown that pet dogs can catch a yawn, too.

Science News has it too:

Dogs watching a person yawn repeatedly will yawn themselves, says Atsushi Senju of Birkbeck, University ofLondon. Just as that big jaw-stretch spreads contagiously from person to person, it spreads from person to dog, he and his colleagues report in an upcoming Biology Letters.

There’s a short video (click the photo).


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