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But researchers now believe it could be behind another long lasting relationship - between dogs and their owners.
Patting and talking to a dog for just three minutes has been found to increase oxytocin levels in the blood stream of both human and dog, researchers say.
Australian researchers say that canines were far more alert after given the hormone.
'It has been postulated that the neuropeptide, oxytocin, is involved in human–dog bonding,' said Jessica Oliva, who carried out the research as part of her PhD in biological sciences at Monash University.
'The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of intranasal oxytocin administration, which is known to increase social cognition in humans, on domestic dogs' ability to perform such a task.'
In the study, Oliva and colleagues looked at the impact of oxytocin on dogs' ability to use human cues to pick which of two bowls contained a hidden treat.
Importantly, in this study, oxytocin was administered to dogs via a nasal spray that ensured it would easily get into the brain.
The results, published in the journal Animal Cognition, show that animals given oxytocin outperformed those not given the chemical.
'The only time I have seen such a surge in oxytocin in humans is when someone sees their loved one, is romantically attracted to someone, or is shown an enormous kindness.'
'Given oxytocinn came about to help bonding, it seems that domesticated animals form bonds and feel love in the same way we do.'
originally posted by: CallmeRaskolnikov
a reply to: Anyafaj
do you mean that you gave your dog oxytocin? or you tried patting it on the head and talking to it for three minutes?
i know if i do the latter with any of my dogs they will definitely start wagging and getting all up in my biz for some cuddles. lol
originally posted by: mcChoodles
We called oxytocin "milk let down hormone" in human physiology. Its responsible for the feeling women get when they say "My milk just came in."
I remember numerous times my wife feeling it with our five kids and saying "The baby must be hungry. Got to feed her/him."
I marveled at the incredible ability of non verbal babies to effectuate physical changes in my wife's physiology. Stunning.
I didn't think men produced appreciable amounts of oxytocin but I definitely feel some kind of quasi-sexual feeling when my dogs greet me and lick my face when I come home from work. There is definitely some kind of energy transfer going both ways.
Don't take it wrong. There is no sex between us but its as close as I can come to describing the effect of what I believe, after reading the article, is the effect of a quasi sexual hormone on my physical/chemical complex.
Very cool article.
originally posted by: Shakawkaw
originally posted by: Eunuchorn
a reply to: BornAgainAlien
I, too, am an animal whisperer! A squirrel let me pet it's head once.
And you didn't even know you were seconds away from a violent squirrel attack. My gma used to feed them cookies out of her hand. Cool stuff.