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Features November 2013 Issue

They’re Picking Up More Than You Realize

A well bonded dog may yawn because you do.

They’re Picking Up More Than You Realize

From yawning to repeating your moves, your dog responds to your cues.

It’s well established that while dogs yawn if they’re tired, you’re even more apt to see them yawning when they’re under stress. With yawning, a dog is working to displace the stress, or inner conflict, with a safe, neutral behavior. People do the same thing — not necessarily yawn, but do something to cope with their feeling ill at ease in a situation they can’t get out of. …

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