Why Dogs Yawn

Like humans, dogs yawn when tired or bored to increase alertness.  


Yawning helps dogs relieve anxiety or nervousness by taking deep breaths.

Stress Relief  

Dogs empathetically yawn when they see or hear owners or other dogs yawning.


Panting & yawning helps cool dogs down on hot days.  


Some dogs yawn when anticipating mealtimes.  

Hunger Pangs

Dental problems, allergies or respiratory disease can prompt yawning.

Medical Issues

Neurological conditions like seizures or dementia can cause yawning.  

Brain Changes

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