Why do we yawn? The most common explanation is that we do so in order to take in more oxygen for our brains – but science hasn’t really offered us any proof on that front. There’s also no real way of telling if this applies to dogs as well.
What can we be certain of? Only that yawning is often seen as a sign that you are tired, regardless of species!
But What Does It Actually Mean?
There are a few ways to interpret your dog’s yawning.
- They are nervous about something. You’ll see this the most when they are waiting for their turn in at the vet.
- They are anticipating something – regardless of whether it is a positive or negative emotion. A dog that’s looking forward to going out for a walk may yawn repeatedly to contain their excitement.
- They’re simply tired. Sometimes, a yawn is simply a yawn. There’s no real need for you to look into it after all.
At the end of the day, it’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on your dog and their body language. It’ll help you better know how they are doing, which is always important when you’re trying to look out for your dog’s wellbeing.
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