Why People Love Their Dogs So Much, According to Science
A new study published in the journal Science reveals the fascinating reason why we feel so close to our furry companions.
You don't have to tell dog lovers the feeling is both mutual (and very real), but a new study published in the journal Science reveals the fascinating reason why we feel so close to our furry companions: When humans and dogs look into each other's eyes, both get a boost of the feel-good hormone oxytocin, which is the same hormone behind the special bond between new parents and their babies.
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To reach their results, researchers had 30 dog-and-human pairs come into a lab to look in each other's eyes and give urine samples. Oxytocin concentrations were then measured in the human and animal samples. In the end, the dogs had a 130% rise in oxytocin levels, and owners showed a 300% increase, regardless of gender.
Your pets do a lot more than just make you feel happiness and love: They can also help lower your cholesterol, relieve stress, and boost your self-esteem.
Already have a dog? Now that it's spring, get ready to hit the trails, beach, or sidewalk with your four-legged friend. Staying in shape is good for the both of you.