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Caissie Canine Instruction: Why Dogs Yawn?



We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful 1 year old Cockapoo named Millie.


My family says ever since I was a puppy, I have always been energetic and loved to play.



Now that I am older I still love to play. My favourite is “ fetch” and I have gotten very good at playing soccer, just saying Toronto FC. HEE HEE.


Welcome to Doggie Dialogue:


Dogs yawn for several reasons. It is a way a dog communicates with other dogs, as well as people. It is a way a dog will warm up and stretch their vocal cords, especially after a complete night of shut-eye.

The yawn helps to wake up and warm up their bodies to start the day.


Dogs will also yawn to get your attention. Some dogs, like our dog Daisy, will yawn with a noise to convey a message that she would like some love and attention.


During prolonged exercise and/or a stressful situations, dogs will yawn more often.

This is the dog’s way of communicating that they are uncomfortable and want to get away from the stress or activity. You will notice your dog will yawn LONGER than usual when under stress.




Some things that can trigger stress in dogs are the following:

  1. Change in residence

  2. Death of a family member

  3. A new dog is introduced into the family

  4. Loneliness


If another canine aggressively approaches your dog, your dog may yawn trying to deflect the threat. When a dog is in this type of situation, and you see your dog yawning, this can indicate he/she is feeling anxious or threatened.

This particular behaviour is used by dogs when they are trying to avoid conflict. This is not a sign of submission, but rather a sign of pacification.

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