We all get the warm and fuzzies when our dogs look at us with affection. Sometimes we may wonder if that’s just to cajole us into giving them treats, but for many it’s part of the special, loving bond they have with their pets.
It turns out those loving feelings are probably going both ways. According to new research from a team at Azabu University in Japan, both humans and their dogs had similar changes in their hormones after spending time interacting positively – including gazing into each other’s eyes. Both their oxytocin levels went up after their interactions – and as is well known – oxytocin is often considered the chemical that makes us feel loved up and comforted.
Read more about their research over at the NPR website.