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  • Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D.
    Slobodchikoff is President and CEO of Animal Communications, Ltd., specializing in pet behavior problems and in educating people about the behavior of animals.

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May 27, 2009


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This sure is funny we sure end up yawing and then the chain continues.

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Randall Johnson

I've noticed my three dogs often stretch and yawn after waking up in the morning. (They also do so occasionally after a nap.) The idea of yawning as a stress releaser is an interesting idea, worth looking into, although I've not seen it in any of my dogs. As for yawning being interpreted as a sign of empathy with humans, well, I, too, am not sure how much dogs really see on the TV screen and what significance, if any, they give to such images as they may be able to perceive. There's a sufficiently convincing body of evidence that dogs are capable of feeling empathy with humans, other dogs, and even other species. Although I haven't yet read the Joly-Mascheroni article, based on Dr Slobodchikoff's summary, I'd have to say I wouldn't persuaded that dogs feel empathy based solely on this article. Lastly, I agree we're only beginning to understand why dogs do what they do. Isn't it great there are people out there who are paving the way to a better understanding?

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