Uncovering the science of the bond between you and your pet
We've all looked into our dogs’ eyes and wondered what they’re thinking. Are they happy? Sad? Hungry? Are they even really thinking anything at all? Regardless of what we may feel our dogs may be thinking, it seems like they love us no matter what. They lick our faces, bark and wag their tails when we come home, and take any chance they can to be by our sides. That has to be love, right?Well as it turns out, it is
! A report published last week in the journal Science
suggests that there definitely is a strong love fueled bond between us and our dogs. The study asked dog owners to stare into their dog’s eyes for an extended period of time with scientists measuring levels of oxytocin in both owner and dog’s eyes before and after the experiment. Oxytocin is the hormone typically associated with trust, social bonds, and emotional connection. Therefor, when the scientists found higher oxytocin levels in both owners’ and dogs’ after the eye-contact experiment, it suggests that our dogs really do love us back!It looks like a dog really is man’s best friend and now we have the science to prove it.
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