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(Washington Post)   Ever notice that when you yawn, your dog yawns with you? Now there is science to back it up. Also, bet you can't finish reading this article without yawning   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 53
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2012-05-15 10:02:38 AM  
What a yawning dog and owner may look like:

www.washingtonpost.com
 
2012-05-15 10:05:05 AM  
You're a bastard, subby.
 
2012-05-15 10:10:27 AM  
This keeps coming up with no one ever pointing out that a yawn to a dog is a sign of discomfort. It's the second signal they use to indicate that they don't like something, the first being licking and turning away, and the third being leaving or aggression. So when a human yawns, especially one they are close to, they may just be reacting to the fact that their human is upset, which is a scary situation for a dog.
 
2012-05-15 10:44:12 AM  
I couldn't finish that frikkin headline without yawning
 
2012-05-15 11:31:35 AM  

ginandbacon: This keeps coming up with no one ever pointing out that a yawn to a dog is a sign of discomfort. It's the second signal they use to indicate that they don't like something, the first being licking and turning away, and the third being leaving or aggression.


Citation? Never heard this before.
 
2012-05-15 12:01:48 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I couldn't finish that frikkin headline without yawning


This

/Yawn
 
2012-05-15 12:04:56 PM  
Goddammit!
 
2012-05-15 12:34:03 PM  
Read the whole thing without yawning.
 
2012-05-15 12:34:21 PM  
 
2012-05-15 12:35:59 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: You're a bastard, subby.

 
2012-05-15 12:36:12 PM  
you win, subby.
 
2012-05-15 12:36:25 PM  
dj_spanmaster: Read the whole thing without yawning.

Ditto
 
2012-05-15 12:37:03 PM  
/got through the article
//is there any God mode?
 
2012-05-15 12:37:44 PM  

The Asshole Guy: dj_spanmaster: Read the whole thing without yawning.

Ditto


Guess that makes me an asshole, too. Eh. I've been called worse.
 
2012-05-15 12:40:35 PM  
dj_spanmaster: The Asshole Guy: dj_spanmaster: Read the whole thing without yawning.

Ditto

Guess that makes me an asshole, too. Eh. I've been called worse.


Just Yawn!!! You will feel better about yourself :-0
 
2012-05-15 12:41:23 PM  
I failed. :(
 
2012-05-15 12:41:38 PM  
Yawning Dog sounds like a beer.
 
2012-05-15 12:41:59 PM  
Yeah -um- this works with farting as well - which explains the -er- terrible odour.
i149.photobucket.com
Right, Sparky? *PHARP*
 
2012-05-15 12:43:07 PM  
Haven't yawned yet but I can't get past this without laughing :
stump-tail macaques
 
2012-05-15 12:44:37 PM  
I've actually noticed that when my dog yawns in front of me, I yawn. But when I yawn in front of him...nothing.
 
2012-05-15 12:47:31 PM  
Well this inspired me to look up a question that I've had about yawning: at what age do people begin to yawn sympathetically? According to a photo caption on the wikipedia article about yawning, it's 6 years old. I was wondering that because my baby doesn't yawn when I yawn.
 
2012-05-15 12:48:19 PM  
Has cancer been cured yet?
 
2012-05-15 12:48:38 PM  
This close relationship may have fostered cross-species empathy over the millennia.

I've always wondered this. Did we breed cats to be contrary? Surely they can't be like that in the wild or they'd all kill each other. Also:

As the team will report in the July issue of Animal Cognition, 12 of the 29 dogs yawned during the experiment.

Thanks for giving us the rushed uncertain still work to be done science guys. Well maybe it's a quarterly. Yeah it is.
 
2012-05-15 12:54:05 PM  
I made my cat yawn many times without realizing it. He'd wake me up for food and sometimes I would yawn then he would yawn. When I finally noticed what he did I fake yawned and then he yawned. After one more fake yawn, he yawned, meowed an annoyed meow, then walked to his food bowl.

/was funny
//never fake yawned after that
///miss you big guy :(
 
2012-05-15 12:59:35 PM  

ginandbacon: This keeps coming up with no one ever pointing out that a yawn to a dog is a sign of discomfort. It's the second signal they use to indicate that they don't like something, the first being licking and turning away, and the third being leaving or aggression. So when a human yawns, especially one they are close to, they may just be reacting to the fact that their human is upset, which is a scary situation for a dog.


I am not sure where you heard that. Yawning is a calming signal for a dog to show other dogs that everything is alright.
 
2012-05-15 01:00:32 PM  
I couldn't finish the article without yawning. Because it was boring.
 
2012-05-15 01:03:41 PM  
Makes sense. My cat will make me yawn if I see her yawn, but if I yawn she'll do nothing. I empathize with my cat, and she hates me.
 
2012-05-15 01:03:43 PM  
Cats yawn because they are bored with you.
 
2012-05-15 01:06:33 PM  
Ferrets do this, try it with yours or a friends ferret, when it's watching you make a big exaggerated yawn.

Works 80% of the time
 
2012-05-15 01:11:21 PM  
Can someone explain to me how this 'science' thing works?
I didn't know correlation simply meant causation, I thought you had to have this mechanism thing understood before you could make drastic claims, in order to avoid things like 'they copy your mannerism and open their mouth because you do' thing, which is far from advanced.

/but what do I know
//yes I realize this is just a journalism majors article
///but still
 
GBB
2012-05-15 01:11:30 PM  

Warthog: ginandbacon: This keeps coming up with no one ever pointing out that a yawn to a dog is a sign of discomfort. It's the second signal they use to indicate that they don't like something, the first being licking and turning away, and the third being leaving or aggression.

Citation? Never heard this before.


Link
 
2012-05-15 01:17:26 PM  
I had one cat that would yawn when you yawn, even after a fake yawn, and all the others (7, not all at once, thank satan) didn't.

My cat makes me yawn, but also reminds me how great a big stretch is!!

I can't yawn at the mention of yawning, I have to see it. Going to look for a video of yawning to get it out of my system.
 
2012-05-15 01:26:52 PM  

Masterstuff: I made my cat yawn many times without realizing it. He'd wake me up for food and sometimes I would yawn then he would yawn. When I finally noticed what he did I fake yawned and then he yawned. After one more fake yawn, he yawned, meowed an annoyed meow, then walked to his food bowl.

/was funny
//never fake yawned after that
///miss you big guy :(


whenever my cat yawns, i fake yawn at her. she cocks her head to the side like I'm retarded.

/ stupid judgmental pussy.
// when I yawn for real, she tries to stick her head in my mouth. i think she thinks there's something interesting in there (like my soul, and she's christopher walken). or she just really loves bad breath.
 
2012-05-15 01:27:17 PM  
Reading the headline made me imagine my dog yawning, and it made me yawn.
 
2012-05-15 01:32:44 PM  
Apparently, I'm the most empathetic person I know, because just the word makes me yawn. I've done about 15 reading the thread&story.

/maybe should change that to pathetic
 
2012-05-15 01:38:49 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: I've actually noticed that when my dog yawns in front of me, I yawn. But when I yawn in front of him...nothing.


Your dog is obviously retarded.
 
2012-05-15 01:39:05 PM  

dj_spanmaster: Read the whole thing without yawning.


Stop telling us what to do!
 
2012-05-15 01:46:32 PM  

GBB: Warthog: ginandbacon: This keeps coming up with no one ever pointing out that a yawn to a dog is a sign of discomfort. It's the second signal they use to indicate that they don't like something, the first being licking and turning away, and the third being leaving or aggression.

Citation? Never heard this before.

Link


A link back to your own contention? wow...

Ya'll are over-analyzing a simple mechanism from the distant past.. It's a pack behavior both human and canine have that is necessary to keep us alert for action. We yawn to get extra oxygen in our blood in preparation for any activity the leader may have in mind. We developed this well before we had language or, even, body language to tell us that alertness was needed. Yawning when bored is just our body trying to stay alert when socially active, and is contagious because a yawn by anybody says "get it up" to the circle, thus they yawn, too (I'm continuously yawning while typing this). This is also why we yawn more in the morning (ya'll knew this, didn' ya?), to get our brains some air and face the day.

Dogs think of us as pack leaders, and when we yawn, they do, because the leader must be gonna do somethin' and they must get ready to help, so they think. It works both ways, as we yawn when the dog does, too. You and 'Freddy' go thru the yawnfest every morning, along with the wag-a-thon. Don' ya?

/Simple enuf, you and the dog are both opportunistic pack animals
//that's why they hang with us, instead of using us for food
///unlike yer cat, who would kill you if they could develop an opposable thumb, and doesn't yawn when you do
///Wall-of-text, I thank you for listening. goodnight
 
2012-05-15 01:51:30 PM  

oldfarthenry: Yeah -um- this works with farting as well


No, I keep telling my wife, science has PROVED that it was the dog, not me.
 
2012-05-15 01:52:33 PM  

Warthog: What a yawning dog and blowjobbing owner may look like:

[www.washingtonpost.com image 245x296]


/ftfy
 
2012-05-15 01:53:30 PM  

ginandbacon: This keeps coming up with no one ever pointing out that a yawn to a dog is a sign of discomfort. It's the second signal they use to indicate that they don't like something, the first being licking and turning away, and the third being leaving or aggression. So when a human yawns, especially one they are close to, they may just be reacting to the fact that their human is upset, which is a scary situation for a dog.


Its the opposite...when dogs yawn, they're actually comfortable and feel safe with whom they're with. Pretty well-known information.
 
2012-05-15 01:53:40 PM  

mybabysmomma: ginandbacon: This keeps coming up with no one ever pointing out that a yawn to a dog is a sign of discomfort. It's the second signal they use to indicate that they don't like something, the first being licking and turning away, and the third being leaving or aggression. So when a human yawns, especially one they are close to, they may just be reacting to the fact that their human is upset, which is a scary situation for a dog.

I am not sure where you heard that. Yawning is a calming signal for a dog to show other dogs that everything is alright.


^^That^^ is what I've always heard and understood as well.
 
2012-05-15 01:54:27 PM  

Warthog: What a yawning dog and owner may look like:

[www.washingtonpost.com image 245x296]


No, she just can't keep her mouth shut.

/Male dog
//female human
///Le Difference
 
2012-05-15 01:58:37 PM  

Mikeyworld: GBB: Warthog: ginandbacon: This keeps coming up with no one ever pointing out that a yawn to a dog is a sign of discomfort. It's the second signal they use to indicate that they don't like something, the first being licking and turning away, and the third being leaving or aggression.

Citation? Never heard this before.

Link

A link back to your own contention? wow...

Ya'll are over-analyzing a simple mechanism from the distant past.. It's a pack behavior both human and canine have that is necessary to keep us alert for action. We yawn to get extra oxygen in our blood in preparation for any activity the leader may have in mind. We developed this well before we had language or, even, body language to tell us that alertness was needed. Yawning when bored is just our body trying to stay alert when socially active, and is contagious because a yawn by anybody says "get it up" to the circle, thus they yawn, too (I'm continuously yawning while typing this). This is also why we yawn more in the morning (ya'll knew this, didn' ya?), to get our brains some air and face the day.

Dogs think of us as pack leaders, and when we yawn, they do, because the leader must be gonna do somethin' and they must get ready to help, so they think. It works both ways, as we yawn when the dog does, too. You and 'Freddy' go thru the yawnfest every morning, along with the wag-a-thon. Don' ya?

/Simple enuf, you and the dog are both opportunistic pack animals
//that's why they hang with us, instead of using us for food
///unlike yer cat, who would kill you if they could develop an opposable thumb, and doesn't yawn when you do
///Wall-of-text™, I thank you for listening. goodnight


Very insightful. Thank you.
 
2012-05-15 02:06:57 PM  
I couldn't get through the headline without yawning. Thanks.
 
2012-05-15 02:07:43 PM  

yeah yeah I know: Mikeyworld: GBB: Warthog: ginandbacon: This keeps coming up with no one ever pointing out that a yawn to a dog is a sign of discomfort. It's the second signal they use to indicate that they don't like something, the first being licking and turning away, and the third being leaving or aggression.

Citation? Never heard this before.

Link

A link back to your own contention? wow...

///Wall-of-text™, I thank you for listening. goodnight

Very insightful. Thank you.


Wow! Thanks.

...Houston, we have a failure to troll. Please advise

/I was expectin' some Farkin' snark, really.
 
2012-05-15 02:08:34 PM  

ginandbacon: This keeps coming up with no one ever pointing out that a yawn to a dog is a sign of discomfort. It's the second signal they use to indicate that they don't like something, the first being licking and turning away, and the third being leaving or aggression. So when a human yawns, especially one they are close to, they may just be reacting to the fact that their human is upset, which is a scary situation for a dog.


is it maybe because the pup is tired though?
 
2012-05-15 02:25:54 PM  

Mikeyworld: yeah yeah I know: Mikeyworld: GBB: Warthog: ginandbacon: This keeps coming up with no one ever pointing out that a yawn to a dog is a sign of discomfort. It's the second signal they use to indicate that they don't like something, the first being licking and turning away, and the third being leaving or aggression.

Citation? Never heard this before.

Link

A link back to your own contention? wow...

///Wall-of-text™, I thank you for listening. goodnight

Very insightful. Thank you.

Wow! Thanks.

...Houston, we have a failure to troll. Please advise

/I was expectin' some Farkin' snark, really.


Right. I even surprised myself with that one. ;)
 
2012-05-15 03:41:21 PM  
Scientists have found out that autistic children don't catch yawns from others-

http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com.au/2007/09/children-with-auti s m-are-immune-to.html

They say this is because contagious yawning can only happen in people who have empathy for other people. The article also says that this could have implications for the detection of psychopaths. Logically, if psychopaths have no empathy for others, they they would be immune to contagious yawning as well.
 
2012-05-15 04:02:13 PM  

Papa Rotsy: ginandbacon: This keeps coming up with no one ever pointing out that a yawn to a dog is a sign of discomfort. It's the second signal they use to indicate that they don't like something, the first being licking and turning away, and the third being leaving or aggression. So when a human yawns, especially one they are close to, they may just be reacting to the fact that their human is upset, which is a scary situation for a dog.

is it maybe because the pup is tired though?

NASAM: mybabysmomma: ginandbacon: This keeps coming up with no one ever pointing out that a yawn to a dog is a sign of discomfort. It's the second signal they use to indicate that they don't like something, the first being licking and turning away, and the third being leaving or aggression. So when a human yawns, especially one they are close to, they may just be reacting to the fact that their human is upset, which is a scary situation for a dog.

I am not sure where you heard that. Yawning is a calming signal for a dog to show other dogs that everything is alright.

^^That^^ is what I've always heard and understood as well.


It sort of is but it's an indication of stress:

"Voith and Borchelt (1996) have observed that licking and yawning often occur in situations involving conflict and stress. Dogs that are uneasy or fearful of approach often exhibit licking and lick-intention movements. They have also observed that yawning appears to occur in conflict situations involving a delay gratification or frustration (e.g. waiting to be let outdoors).

Yawning may also occur under certain fear-eliciting social situations. For example, Beerda and colleagues (1998) reported that yawning and stress-related oral activities (e.g. licking movements) occured in association with fear produced by restraint or startle, but only if a person was present." Link

It just seems like the folks doing these studies are pretty anthropomorphic about what yawning means to dogs and that they are ignoring a lot of research into canine signalling that doesn't match up with primate behavior.
 
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