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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Your Dog's Loving Gaze...And What It Really Means

Parental Unit said that once I looked at her with my big brown eyes, she was "a goner". I'm not sure what that means, but I do know that I was "a goner" from the shelter within minutes of meeting my new Parental Unit!

              Ridiculously cute photo of me by Clark Creative.

This fascinating article in today's New York Times Science section explains just how a dog's loving gaze turns you humans into besotted fools. No offense, of course.

A new report in the renowned journal, Science, seems to confirm what pet parents have known for ages: when humans and dogs gaze into one another's eyes, both release elevated levels of the "attachment" hormone, oxytocin. This "continuous loop of loving reinforcement" probably starts with the dogs' gaze, according to researchers. And the bonding that ensues is similar to the "feel-good" feedback that bolsters bonding between parent and child. One of the conclusions drawn by the researchers is that perhaps dogs "cleverly and unknowingly utilized a system meant for bonding a parent with his or her child." Unknowingly? Yeah right.

In my experience, if I gaze at Parental Unit long enough, I usually get, oh, a treat or a walk. How about you?

3 comments:

Whitley Westie said...

Sometimes I'll get some of what she's eatin, BOL!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

FUR SURE Bocci.... We just look into mom's Eyes and she melts like ice cubes on a Summer Sidewalk..
Dad is just as easy...

Angel Pip and Ruby said...

I loved that article and yes, this is a most adorable picture of you

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