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Study Reveals Why Dogs Love Their Owners

A study at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia revealed that the love hormone oxytocin plays a crucial role in establishing a strong connection between dogs and their owners. Researchers studied 75 dogs over a period of 12 months, giving them a nasal spray of oxytocin to check if the hormone had any affect on the dogs ability to perform simple task and found that the dogs that were given extra doses of oxytocin performed better compared to those given simple saline spray.

A study at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia revealed that the love hormone oxytocin plays a crucial role in establishing a strong connection between the dogs and their owners.

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Researchers studied 75 dogs over a period of 12 months, giving them a nasal spray of oxytocin to check if the hormone had any effect on the dog’s’ ability to perform simple task. They found that the dogs that were given extra doses of oxytocin performed better compared to those given simple saline spray.

Both dogs and humans usually produce more oxytocin as they interact. For dogs, the hormone makes them evolved into being the perfect human companion because the bond makes them better at “reading” their owners.

Without a shadow of a doubt, we now understand why dogs love their owners. However, if you are not satisfied with your dog’s love for you, just give them extra doses of oxytocin, but that would be unfair because your dog already loves you so much. And well, don’t underestimate the dark side of the hormone oxytocin. [abcNEWS]

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  2. Thank you for liking “Wildflowers” and “More Wildflowers.” I enjoyed reading this informative post. I did not know hormones played a role in the relationship between dogs and their owners. However, I could see the nasal spray of oxytocin working on dogs because they do have a strong sense of smell (at least my dog does). Like you, I would rather play with my dog than give her drugs to put her in a better mood. 🙂

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  4. Great article and research on those faithful creatures!
    Can’t imagine my life without dogs and their unconditional love.They have so many things to teach us!
    I read a very interesting article the other day,which said that gazing into a dog’s eyes can stimulate the same bonding process that occurs between mother and child.Isn’t it magnificent?

  5. So basically, if Rover’s having a bad day we have one of two options. Either take him outside and play for awhile, or just drug him up. Either way, he’ll love us! Just throw him a bone and some oxycotin, and it’s all good! Just kdding! Seriously, I never knew that dogs (or humans for that matter) produced oxycotin. No wonder that stuff was so popular a few years back.

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