If your Labrador yawns a lot you might be wondering why and what you can do about it. This post will show you common reasons why they do it and you can do about it.
So, why does my Labrador yawn so much? Possible reasons are that it is tired, is getting frustrated, is anxious, it might not be getting enough exercise or it could be an issue with its diet.
Your Labrador might be doing it for a number of reasons and it could be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider when trying to figure out the exact cause. There are also a number of things you can do about it.
Why your Labrador yawns so much
Below are some common causes of Labradors yawning a lot and what would make them more likely to be the reason why yours has been yawning.
It’s getting frustrated
Sometimes, dogs will yawn when they are becoming frustrated (source). This is because yawning will act to signal that they are beginning to lose patience.
This would be more likely to be the reason why your Labrador does it if it yawns more in situations such as when you are trying to train it to do something difficult. In this case, it would suggest that it does not understand what it is being asked to do and you might want to take smaller steps.
It is anxious or stressed
The cause of your Labrador yawning could be that it is anxious or stressed (source). This is because dogs will sometimes do it when they are getting agitated or they are unsure of what is going on.
This would be more likely to be the cause if it does it more in stressful situations such as when you are about to leave home or when there are fireworks outside.
If it does seem to do it more when it is stressed or anxious, I have written about why it might be the case here.
A lack of interest
Sometimes dogs will yawn when they are being indifferent (source). This would be more likely to by why it does it if your Labrador does it in situations where it might be trying to show that it is not interested such as when another dog is around it.
It feels a connection with you
Studies show that dogs will yawn more when a human that they trust starts yawning (source). This could be the reason why your Labrador does it and it would be more likely if it tends to yawn when you yawn yourself.
The reason why it has been doing it might be that it is tired. This would be more likely to be the reason why your Labrador does it if it tends to do it more just before going to sleep.
It isn’t getting enough sleep
If your Labrador yawns often before going to sleep it might be a sign that it is not getting enough sleep. This would be especially likely if it started doing it suddenly since something happened that could have caused it not to fall asleep as easily such as noises starting outside during the night or the room it has to sleep in changed.
It would help to make sure that the area it sleeps in at night is comfortable, cool and not too bright so that it can fall asleep easily.
Its environment is too hot
The reason why it has been doing it could be that hot weather has been making it feel fatigued. This would be more likely if your Labrador has started doing it more since the weather has become hotter.
In this case, it would be important to make sure that it has access to a cool room, shade and water when it needs it.
There is an issue with its diet
It might also be the case that it has been doing it due to an issue with its diet. It could be that it is being fed too much, not enough or the wrong types of foods. This would be especially likely if it started doing it when its diet changed. It would help to talk to your vet about its diet when you see them next. You can also look here to see what you should and should not be feeding your Labrador.
Not getting enough exercise
Labradors are meant to get daily exercise. If your Labrador has not been getting a lot of exercise it could be what is causing it to yawn which would be more likely if it does it less after getting exercise. Generally, it is recommended for a healthy Labrador adult to get at least an hour of exercise daily. If your Labrador has not been getting that much it would help to make sure that it does.
Things to consider
When it first started doing it
If your Labrador did not always yawn as much as it has been, it would help to consider if anything else happened when it first started doing it.
If your Labrador started yawning a lot suddenly, it would be more likely that it started due to things such as a sudden change in its diet, its daily routine or the weather became hotter suddenly. In this case, it would help to take it to the vet for a checkup.
If your Labrador has been doing it a lot for a long time then it could be that it does it because you yawn a lot, it does it to show frustration or anxiety or that it naturally yawns a lot when it is sleepy.
When it does it more
It would also help to consider if it does it more at certain times or in certain situations.
For example, if it tends to yawn more when you are training it then it could be due to being frustrated. But if it does it more shortly before going to sleep it would be more likely to be due to being tired.
What to do about your Labrador yawning a lot
Below are some things you can do about your Labrador yawning a lot.
Make sure that its diet is right
It is important to make sure that your Labrador is getting the right diet. You can do so by talking to your vet about it when you see them next. You can also look here to see what you should and should not be feeding it.
Make its sleeping environment comfortable
It would also help to make sure that the room it sleeps in at night is cool, dark and comfortable for it.
Give it exercise
As mentioned above, it is important to make sure that your Labrador is able to get lots of exercise daily. If your Labrador is healthy and it is not currently getting enough exercise it would help to make sure that it does either by exercising it yourself or by getting a dog walker to do it for you when you cannot.
Give it access to a cool and shaded area
If the weather has become hotter then it would help to make sure that your Labrador has access to cool and shaded areas.
Reduce how much you demand from it when it begins to yawn
Since yawning can be a sign that of frustration, it would help to be considerate when training it. If it does start yawning when training it then it might be a sign that you should train it in smaller steps.
Take it to a vet
If your Labrador has been yawning excessively or you can’t figure out why it is yawning a lot it would help to take it to a vet. By doing so you will be able to get expert advice tailored towards your particular Labrador.