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    Siberian Husky Yawning A Lot?

    Hello,

    my husband and I recently adopted a 5.5 year old husky. He has been moved around to 3 different homes within the last 2 months. The husky has severe separation anxiety and abandonment issues so he is always on alert. We just recently moved a week ago and I've been noticing he's been yawning a lot more than he used to. He gets very little sleep due to adjusting to a new home and readjusting to his regular schedule again. We are not sure if that is because he is yawning because he's just tired and sleep deprived or is it a sign of stress or anxiety? I've done some research online and all the sites I've seen stated it could be being sleepy or he's trying to communicate something. I'm not sure what it could possibly mean for his case since he has severe SA and abandonment issues but also is very tired.

    Can someone help shed some insight about this issue? We are first time dog parents so almost everything he does that is not ordinary concerns us haha! Thank you!

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    Re: Siberian Husky Yawning A Lot?

    I've seen your other thread as well. Yawning can be a stress signal, and that's probably what it is in your situation. It's impossible to say without seeing it, but it is strongly possible.

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    Re: Siberian Husky Yawning A Lot?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canyx View Post
    I've seen your other thread as well. Yawning can be a stress signal, and that's probably what it is in your situation. It's impossible to say without seeing it, but it is strongly possible.

    That's what I was wondering... I'm hoping giving him time to adjust and adapt to the new home will remedy the yawning too. It makes me so sad to see him yawn so much since I really do think its a stress signal. He does yawn sometimes when he pulls while we are on a walk and I shorten the leash to train him to not lunge/pull.... Being a first time dog parent is tough! Haha!

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    Re: Siberian Husky Yawning A Lot?

    Turid Rugaas is a Norwegian trainer that has a lot of good information on dog calming signals and dog body language

    Calming Signals discussed

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    Re: Siberian Husky Yawning A Lot?

    I like that book. Also, separate topic but you don't train loose leash walking by shortening the leash. That usually has the opposite effect. Look up 'silky leash walking', 'being a tree' and 'penalty yards.'

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    Yawning is a calming signal. Usually the dog is trying to tell you and everyone and everything around to just CHILL. It is the way the dog releases calming pheremones to himself.

    I think you said this dog was outside on a chain to a dog house for years. Such dogs do not always appreciate our kindness and bringing them inside to co-exist with people all the time.

    Often these dogs fare far better if provided with an outdoor kennel and dog house (be sure the kennel has a top.. some dogs will climb a 6 foot kennel fence like a ladder). Part of every day out in that kennel might be just the ticket for this dog. It also might be good for him when you are out doing yard work. It might even help with his separation anxiety which may be just plain anxiety from the change in living circumstances.

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    Re: Siberian Husky Yawning A Lot?

    According to Turid Rugaas, it's a good idea to watch when you get yawning. It's a good chance that he yawns when he wakes up or is ready to sleep. He may also yawn if you stop doing something that he likes, such as rubbing his belly or chasing him.

    So, as Canyx suggested, that leaves other situations, such as trying to get him to walk with a loose leash. Other controlling behaviors may result in yawning. So you might write down what is going on just before you see a yawn, and in a few days, you'll see a pattern. And, you can address those situations to reduce his stress.

    On the other hand, not ALL stress is that bad. When I was teaching my dog to Stay, he would yawn, just before he'd break the Stay. I'm sorry but a 15 second Stay is not that stressful ;-) ... and once we acclimated to a 5 min. Stay, he no longer yawned in that situation.

    When I was asking him to Sit at a distance, he might yawn, or might just lay down, and I'd have to correct it. The correction was not stressful, just a redirection or reposition. However, if he was sitting, and I got distracted and asked him to sit [yes, confusing], then he'd lick his lips, not yawn .... and I realized that I'd asked him to doing something that he was already doing.

    My point is that you don't need to get too concerned about his yawning, just learn what he is communicating.

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    Re: Siberian Husky Yawning A Lot?

    Difficult question because it's probably either of those - but which one? My dog yawns either when we're on a train (he gets really stressed) or just when he's tired or just woke up.

    It's probably got to do with the entire new environment! It sounds to me that this dog is uncomfortable with a change of situation and hopefully just has to get used to your new house

    Edit to mention: I read your other threads and I just wanna say I have so much respect for you and your husband, taking in a neglected dog that's also not the easiest breed in the first place, and spending so much time and effort into trying to make him happy and comfortable and a part of the family. Thanks so much for doing this for him and please do keep in mind that it might be a while, but it's going to be worth it in the end!
    Last edited by Lailak; 12-20-2016 at 06:04 PM.

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