Ever wondered why looking into Fido’s sweet puppy dog eyes makes you feel overwhelmed with love? Do you bond with your dog as if it were your furry child? It turns out the same hormone that helps reinforce the bond between a parent and a child is switched on when you gaze into your pooch’s eyes. A team of Japanese researchers recently published their report in Science, claiming the rise in Oxytocin levels is measured in both man and dog, so not only are you feeling good, your pooch feels good gazing at you too!
The researchers found that eye contact between owner and dog creates a feedback loop for both parties: it leads to the release of Oxytocin, which triggers caring behaviour, which in turn causes the release of more Oxytocin (also known as the ‘love hormone’). Interestingly, this response isn’t found in wolves - not even the ones who were hand-raised as pets by humans - it's limited to just our canine friends!
And so, with science on our side, we're clearing our agendas for the day and spending the time gazing at our pups!
PS if you want to know more about this research, watch this short clip:
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