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The Language of Yawns

Eko and Penny are pups of many talents, but their mastery of spoken language is still a bit shaky, so I’m always fascinated by the different ways they communicate with each other. There’s a whole slew of vocalizations and a complex vocabulary of body language, but I’m most impressed by how much information is conveyed through a simple yawn.Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, adventure, dogs

In this case, Penny wanted to join Eko on the futon but space was a bit tight

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Penny announced herself with a yawn to show she came in peace

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Eko’s response let Penny know he was aware of her, but had no intention of moving

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“Ok, but I’m going to lay down…” Penny said with her meekest yawn

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Eko didn’t agree with the plan and sprang up. Penny’s yawn turned into an apology 
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Penny wasn’t sorry enough not to lay down though. But two can play that game. With a huge yawn, Eko went into a barrel roll

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Penny got out of the way just in the nick of time

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In the end, everyone enjoyed a pleasant, if bizarre looking, nap

Nothing like talking, or yawning, through your differences. A yawn is worth a thousand words, I guess. From anxious to relaxed to perplexed to excited, a yawn can say it all.

What do your pets say to you (and to each other) when they yawn?

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That is the first yawn conversation we have ever witnessed. These pictures are great sweet Will. That last one made us laugh out loud…nothing like a big belly laugh to make us feel better…thank you! Hugs and nose kisses all around from us.

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