Dogs catch contagious yawning from humans

The Scottish Terrier and Dog News has previously reported on how yawning can have a calming effect on dogs. The researchers who conducted this latest study now say that dogs’ propensity to yawn back may show an ability to empathize. But did we really need a study to show that dogs may feel empathy? This research grant must have been approved by a bunch of cat owners, as far as the Scottie News is concerned.