Scientists Probe Puppy Love

Megan And Abbey

Key Points

1.) Dogs and people gaze into each other's eyes to get a boost in their circulating levels of Oxytocin.

2.) Oxytocin is a hormone that plays a role in trust and emotional bonding. Oxytocin is also the same hormone that gives parents their maternal/paternal instinct.

3.) Many owners say their dog feels guilty after behaving badly, but that's not true, the dogs are just responding to the people. They only look guilty because you look angry.

4.) Oxytocin levels are only effected by dogs and not wolves, mostly because wolves do not make as much eye contact.

5.)  Oxytocin is not always associated with love, it can also be linked to feelings of emotional isolation or aggression in some animals.

Article Summary

When dog owners and their dogs look into each other's eyes their circulating levels of Oxytocin increases. Oxytocin is a naturally produced hormone that plays a role in trust and bonding. Dogs have been bred for obedience but you could also say they have been bred for affection.  Dogs respond to people rather than the situation for example, if your dog looks guilty its because you are angry. Oxytocin is the same hormone that gives parents bond with their children. Research shows that wolves do not increase your Oxytocin levels because they do not make as much eye contact. Oxytocin is not always associated with love, but can be linked to feeling of emotional isolation.

Two things we learned

1.) Oxytocin is a naturally produced hormone that is associated with trust and social bonds.

2.) Dogs do not feel guilt, they only react to your anger.

questions

1.) What is the hormone that is associated with bonds and trust?

2.) What was the other animal that was tested in this research project?

ANswers

1.) Oxytocin

2.) Wolves

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