Here’s looking at you … why dogs are our best friends

We dog lovers already know how strong the bond is between us and our dogs. Now, researchers in Japan reckon they are closer to finding out why dogs are our best friends. Their research shows that when we gaze into our dog’s eyes we experience a rise in oxytocin, and so do they.

Popularly referred to as the ‘love hormone’, oxytocin is known to be associated with creating the feel-good factor that, for example, helps bond a parent and child. New Scientist have created the charming video below explaining it all for the layman. For more details of the study, with the less than friendly sounding title of ‘Oxtyocin-gaze positive loop and the coevolution of human-dog bond’ head to the journal Science.



But be aware that not everyone agrees the release of oxytocin played a role in the domestication of the dog. Clive Wynne, a psychologist at Arizona State University isn’t so convinced by this study though he is in no doubt about the bonds between dogs and humans: ‘I think the best evidence that any dog lover has that their dog loves them is what the dog does when it’s around them. We’re entitled to trust the evidence of our own senses’.


And what more proof could be needed that humans and dogs really are BFFs than watching this new video by one of our favourite dog trainers, Emily Larlham …

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