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|01-27-2009, 09:51 AM||#1|
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[News] Man's Best Friend: Dog Owners' Love for Pooches Rivals Motherly Affection
Dog owners get the same surge of emotions when looking at their pooch as mothers do with their infants, scientists say.
In a trial they found the owners experienced a burst in the hormone called oxytocin when playing with their pets. Known as the 'cuddle chemical' or 'love drug', it has been found to dampen stress, combat depression, and breed trust in humans.
Biologists Miho Nagasawa and Takefumi Kikusui from Azuba University in Japan, were inspired by their own experiences.
'Miho and I are big dog lovers and feel something changed in our bodies when gazed (upon) by our dogs,' Mr Kikusui told New Scientist.
They recruited 55 dog owners and their pets and took a urine sample from the owners before and after a half hour laboratory play session.
Some owners were put in a control group who sat in a room with their dog and were told to completely avoid the gaze of their pets.
Dog-owners who spent an average of two and a half minutes making eye contact during the play session, experienced a 20 per cent rise in their oxytocin levels.
But the group that avoided looking at their dog were shown to have a slight drop in their oxytocin levels.
Those who spent longer gazing at their hounds tended to rate their relationship with their pet as more satisfying than those who only held a short gaze during play.
Kikusui said that a flood of the cuddle chemical could explain why playing with dogs can lift moods and even improve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
They even suggested that oxytocin might have played a part in the domestication of dogs from wolves, about 15,000 years ago.
'Maybe during the evolutionary process, humans and dogs came to share the same social cues', such as eye contact and hand gestures, said Mr Kikusui.
He added: 'This is why dogs can adapt to human society.'
Dog owners' love for their pooches rivals motherly affection | Mail Online
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|01-27-2009, 09:57 AM||#2|
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Awww, now we know why they always cheer us up!
|01-31-2009, 10:51 AM||#6|
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I read this somewhere else this week - and it makes so much sense. Now, I know why my parents overflow with joy when getting to see my furbabies - since they have opted not to have them in their own lifestyle.
Also, probably explains why pets are so good in nursing homes, etc
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|01-31-2009, 10:55 AM||#7|
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Ganma-ma to ColeRIPNoahRIP
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|01-31-2009, 10:56 AM||#8|
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This is such a good thing to read! a real pick me up, unlike most news threads!
We already knew it (of course ) but now we know we're not crazy! and next time someone makes fun of us for loving our dogs like our babies we can say "Scientists have proven..." haha.
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|01-31-2009, 02:00 PM||#9|
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Well......DUH!!!!! Hahaha. I could have told you that
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|02-01-2009, 05:35 PM||#10|
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Great post! I liked reading about that. Even though I already knew that.
|02-01-2009, 06:15 PM||#11|
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Especially Yorkies. DJ and Harley were Hospice Pet Therapy and the look and smiles on the residents in the nursing homes was "priceless" These two little dogs brought a moment of memories and joy to many people in nursing homes.
After seeing Zack's first visit last week, he's going to be a good Pet Therapy dog. Zeke is just too excitable. Maybe next year.
Zack, Zeke, Zoey, Zipp RIP 6/28/12