Dogs yawn more often when owners yawn

Fido might be yawning because he needs a nap, or he might just be showing his , study suggests.

August 7, 2013 3:35 PM PDT

A dog owner mimics her canine yawning during a dog show in Minsk, Belarus.

(Credit: Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images)

are a man's best friend, as the saying goes, and now, researchers say they have proof that just like friends, dogs are tuned in to their owners' emotions.

In a study published Wednesday in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, University of Tokyo researchers say dogs are more responsive to their owners' yawns than to strangers' yawns — a sign that canines are more empathetic than previously understood.

For the study, the researchers studied 25 dogs in their owners' homes. Researchers recorded their responses to watching their owners , then watching an unfamiliar researcher yawn. They yawned nearly fives times more in response to their owners' yawns.

Earlier studies have shown that when humans yawn contagiously, or in response to another human's yawn, it is a sign of empathy and social skills. On the flip side, people with empathy disorders, such as autism, are often not prone to contagious yawning.

The empathy and yawning link has previously been studied in chimpanzees, baboons, and other primates. Human and animal studies have shown that when two subjects share a close social connection, contagious yawning is more frequent.

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