Researchers found a spike in the “love hormone” oxytocin occurs in both humans and dogs when they gaze into each other’s eyes.
By Tia Ghose | Live Science
When people call their dogs their “fur babies,” they may be onto something, at least on a chemical level.
Dogs that make so-called puppy eyes at their owners get a spike in the “love hormone” oxytocin — and their owners do too, according to a new study. This same positive feedback in oxytocin release occurs when a mom gazes at her newborn infant, studies have shown.
Because dogs don’t otherwise use eye contact as a way to cement bonds with other dogs, the study researchers suggest that man’s best friend may have gotten its prized place in human hearts by tapping into an ancient human bonding pathway.
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