Crazy Singing Dog

Cabana hunkered down low, next to stuffed beagle-type dog.  It's a super ugly thing, with its tongue sticking out, lopsided eyes, and a Santa hat
My mother-in-law recently sent us a package full of Christmas decorations. One of the items was this silly singing dog. You push a button on its paw, and it sings "Silver Bells".

Cabana isn't quite sure what to make of this singing stuffed animal. But it sure is cute to watch her! (Description of video: Toy is droning and making its motions. Cabana dashes up to it, then runs away, leaping, twirling. When the toy stops, Cabana ventures up to it and tries to incite it with playful motions to make it go again.)

Every time I turn this toy on, Cabana yawns. I know the yawn doesn't mean Cabana is tired. It means something else, like that she's annoyed maybe? I'm not sure...does anyone else know what it means?

In this second clip, Cabana tries to make the toy do its thing again. When it doesn't, she comes over to me and hits the camera with her nose, which makes me giggle.

Heather and Ellie  – (November 19, 2009 at 9:14 AM)  

Yawning often means a dog is anxious. It's also used as a calming tool, sometimes if a dog meets another dog that might they aren't sure about, they'll yawn to calm the other dog and say they aren't a threat.
I'm guessing Cabana is telling the singing dog to settle down!

Ally, Teddy and Kira  – (November 19, 2009 at 9:17 AM)  

How cute! She's obviusly not afraid of it but she certainly doesn't know what to make of it. Will it play or what? The yawning could be a sign of stress (as could the panting) simply because she doesn't know exactly what to expect. She knows it's going to move and make noise, but when? It's not an overly stressed reaction and she's not fearful but I think the yawning is probably from stress. Not all stress is bad, obviously but it could be stress from expectation. :-D

Martha G  – (November 19, 2009 at 9:30 AM)  

The yawn means she's uncomfortable and is telling the singing dog to calm down! (Per the book Calming Signals). : )

Sarah and the Pack.  – (November 19, 2009 at 11:26 AM)  

So cute! She moves and does play bows almost exactly like Millie does. One time we were watching animal planet on the big TV, and right when Millie walked by the screen a dog can on running towards the camera. She did a double take and then a play bow to the dog on the TV!

Such cute videos. Thanks for sharing!

Becky  – (November 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM)  

Ha. Yes, I've been told the yawning is a stress releaser. Cricket yawned in laughing yoga - (we were both uncomfortable and anxious :D). Cricket always takes a double take in Costco with the animated cow they have there.

Sierra Rose  – (November 19, 2009 at 7:35 PM)  

Hi Cabana! Thanks for visiting my site!
We live a few minutes from the main Guide Dogs facility. You are such a sweetie. Loved that video with the singing Santa!
I might have to start walking earlier in the day too, as we have encountered some not friendly dogs recently.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Anonymous –   – (November 19, 2009 at 7:46 PM)  

Love the videos! That reminds me of the time we ran the Roomba around with Donata. She could not for the life of her figure out what this thing was doing! It was pretty funny. :)

Taelor, Pilaf, and Cartier  – (November 19, 2009 at 10:28 PM)  

Pilaf would have done the exact same thing. At times I think the two of them must be related! Such silly little girls. =)

I was going to talk about the yawning/ panting, but it was already explained pretty in depth. Hope you have a great weekend!

Cabana's Puppy Raiser  – (November 20, 2009 at 11:04 AM)  

Thanks for the info about yawning. After reading everyone's comments about it, I think yawning might be Cabana's way of calming HERSELF down. After she yawns, her actions are much less frenzied.

Sarah, how funny that Cabana moves and behaves like Millie! Cabana LOVES to play bow. In fact, was it you that said you tell Millie to "take a bow" and she does it? We taught Cabana that as well--it's so cute.

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