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.