Oxytocin, or the “love” hormone, is our way of bonding to each other. Mothers produce it when nursing, family members feel it when experiencing happy events. It surges in us when we gaze at our pets.
This opinion article states that a Japanese researcher has discovered another way that dogs actively influence us. We know this on an emotional level of course, who can resist petting their kitty when she bumps us for attention. And we know this on a physical level as well. How many times does the dog start letting you know its’ time for the nightly walk? This study gives some evidence that dogs influence us on a biochemical level too.
The longer a dog gazes at you, the longer you gaze at your dog, the more likely both species are to release oxytocin. Oxytocin release=love. bonding. affection. care.
Good for all.
While cats have many, many special qualities too, it is the dog that have evolved to be as close to us as possible. Dogs are either the smartest non-primate species on the planet, the most manipulative, or both.