O.K., so my lot are all 'pre-owned' and belong to one of the oldest 'working' breeds but are considered 'Pastoral' here.
They're pretty independent and quite wayward, mostly in an entertaining way.
Interestingly, the one with restricted sight (mum had an insecticide incident whilst pregnant, genetic testing has now cleared the line), has been the only one to co-operate so far.
The 'boss' just wants to make 'aroo' noises back or raid my pocket for treats and the youngster would rather play at waking the sleeping desktop, persecuting bees and keeping lookout.
Will try to read the whole thing properly later and try again but that's a start.
Sorry about that!
Our youngest, being very competitive, now does this first without prompting despite never having been taught - which is hilarious!
I was pleased that the study discarded the idea that contagious yawning might be a stress-related response in dogs, as it had never seemed so from my own observations in the past and interested that other studies had included budgerigars as well as the normal primates.
It seems like yet another fascinating area.
Very intelligent, the youngest one!
Interesting how some breeds are more prone than others to contagious yawning - someone at the Guardian went through the data and observed that "Around half the dogs, including a pit bull, a Pekingese, and a greyhound appeared to be oblivious to the yawns, but others seemed to respond in kind with a Siberian husky, a German shepherd, and several poodles yawning most."
Yes, I noticed that too, on the table, rowan.
Mine are effectively a 'pack', so they act differently to the study dogs - the youngest keeps trying to push her way up the chain, the 'boss' lets her do some things if it suits, but takes the lead in important things.
And the breed has traditionally been kept indoors (or in Chums, really) so they're reactions are possibly different to some anyway.
The youngest is very bright - the people who bought her initially only kept her for a month ;(
Nice that they used pets for the study, 'though!