Bonding with Your Dog; Staring Helps

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Staring into Dog’s Eyes Improves Bonding

bonding with dogsThe AAAS Science magazine website states that we are bonding with our dogs when we stare into their eyes.  It is similar to how mothers bond with their human babies.  When mothers and babies stare at each other, there is an increase in the level of the hormone oxytocin.

In a Japanese study, owners were alone with their dogs for 30 minutes.  They petted them and stared into their eyes.  The dogs stared back.

The dogs experienced an average of 130% increase in their oxytocin levels.  The owners’ levels went up 300%.

Read more on the Science magazine website.

Photo courtesy AAAS

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