Are Dog Yawns Contagious For Humans

By Teri Wilson

Pretty much everyone has heard the old adage that yawning is contagious. But guess what, guys? It's not just an old wives' tale. Contagious yawning is an actual, legit thing. And it's a much bigger deal than you might realize. HUGE.

A little more than half of all humans will yawn when they see another person yawning, especially if that person is a family member or someone they care deeply about. But a study in 2014 found that people can catch yawns just from looking at photos or videos of other people yawning. Yawns can also be contagious if you even THINK about it!

Are you yawning right now?

You totally are, aren't you?

This means yes, you can totally catch a yawn from your dog. After all, your dog is loved one. And dog yawns are even more dramatic that human yawns (The squeaking! So adorable!), so we're thinking they might be super contagious. After all, it's kind of hard not to notice a dog yawn. Just saying.

The scientific reasons behind contagious yawning are a bit more complicated. Studies have varied, but a lot of scientists believe it to be related to empathy or a primal sort of social bonding.

So if you yawn after Fido does, no worries. It might just mean you love your dog.

But something tells us you already knew that.

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