Sunday, 31 January 2016
Researchers found that the same hormone, oxytocin, spikes in both human and canine brains when a dog is gazing at its owner
Humans love their pet dogs in the same way as they do their children, and the feeling is mutual, scientists have discovered.
Researchers found that the same hormone, oxytocin, spikes in both human and canine brains when a dog is gazing at its owner.
Oxytocin is known to play a strong role in triggering feelings of unconditional love and protection when parents and children look into each other’s eyes or embrace.
So the findings suggest that owners love their pets in the same way as family members, and dogs return their devoted affection.
"These results suggest that humans may feel affection for their companion dogs similar to that felt toward human family members, said Dr Miho Nagasawa, from the department of animal science at Azabu University in Sagamihara, Japan.
"Oxytocin plays a primary role in regulating social bonding between mother and infants and between sexual partners."