A new study has found that similar to human beings; pet dogs also copy the yawns of their owners in a show of empathy though puppies are immune to such a habit.
The study was conducted by researchers at Lund University in Sweden who found that adult dogs display behavioral trend which shows that they are susceptible to contagious yawning.
Numerous studies have shown that we often mimic the yawns of people who are close to us, such as friends or family, as a show of empathy. Researchers have also found this to be true among baboons, chimpanzees and dogs.
The study is published in the journal Animal Cognition.