Fun for Dog Owners

    Fun for Dog Owners

    post #1 of 14
    Thread Starter 
    Wonder what mine will do?
    Anyone else?
    (Click on link in blue bit)
    post #2 of 14
    Thread Starter 

    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.

    post #3 of 14
    Very interesting article. Had to read it twice. Missed some of the info the first time.
    post #4 of 14
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    Thanks, hednic - I haven't had time to read the whole thing through yet, but it looks fascinating so far!

    post #5 of 14

    Saw this in the news earlier - thanks lpp for the link to the actual paper. The dog-owners I showed the news story to were mildly outraged that their lot weren't yawning in empathy. I wonder if we humans yawn in empathy with our animals as well.

    post #6 of 14
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    Might start soon, rowan!

    Mine make the 'aroo' noise and children think that they're saying 'hello' :)

    post #7 of 14

    Subscribed! Thanks a lot. Weekend-Job :-) --- Not native english speaker.

    post #8 of 14
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    You're welcome Eule - please tell us about it!

    post #9 of 14
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    Originally Posted by lppView Post

    Might start soon, rowan!

    Mine make the 'aroo' noise and children think that they're saying 'hello' :)

    Lol, lpp - I'm going think of this every time a hound goes 'aroo' at me!

    post #10 of 14
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    Haha, rowan, just think of the Boss one who says it if you ask her to 'say hello' :)

    Good icebreaker!

    post #11 of 14
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    Originally Posted by rowan-View Post

    Lol, lpp - I'm going think of this every time a hound goes 'aroo' at me!
    LOL!
    post #12 of 14
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    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.

    post #13 of 14
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    Originally Posted by lppView Post

    Sorry about that!

    Our youngest, being very competitive, now does this first without prompting despite never having been taught - which is hilarious!


    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."

    post #14 of 14
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    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!

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    8/7/13 at 2:36pm

    lpp said:



    Wonder what mine will do?
    Anyone else?
    (Click on link in blue bit)

    8/8/13 at 2:01am

    lpp said:



    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.

    8/8/13 at 6:17am

    hednic said:



    Very interesting article. Had to read it twice. Missed some of the info the first time.

    8/8/13 at 11:01am

    lpp said:



    Thanks, hednic - I haven't had time to read the whole thing through yet, but it looks fascinating so far!

    8/8/13 at 12:50pm

    rowan- said:



    Saw this in the news earlier - thanks lpp for the link to the actual paper. The dog-owners I showed the news story to were mildly outraged that their lot weren't yawning in empathy. I wonder if we humans yawn in empathy with our animals as well.

    8/8/13 at 12:54pm

    lpp said:



    Might start soon, rowan!

    Mine make the 'aroo' noise and children think that they're saying 'hello' :)

    8/8/13 at 1:07pm

    Eule said:



    Subscribed! Thanks a lot. Weekend-Job :-) --- Not native english speaker.

    8/8/13 at 1:16pm

    lpp said:



    You're welcome Eule - please tell us about it!

    8/8/13 at 1:38pm

    rowan- said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lppView Post

    Might start soon, rowan!

    Mine make the 'aroo' noise and children think that they're saying 'hello' :)

    Lol, lpp - I'm going think of this every time a hound goes 'aroo' at me!

    8/8/13 at 1:50pm

    lpp said:



    Haha, rowan, just think of the Boss one who says it if you ask her to 'say hello' :)

    Good icebreaker!

    8/8/13 at 9:57pm

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rowan-View Post

    Lol, lpp - I'm going think of this every time a hound goes 'aroo' at me!
    LOL!

    8/10/13 at 2:04am

    lpp said:



    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.

    8/10/13 at 2:13pm

    rowan- said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lppView Post

    Sorry about that!

    Our youngest, being very competitive, now does this first without prompting despite never having been taught - which is hilarious!


    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."

    8/10/13 at 2:31pm

    lpp said:



    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!





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