LiveScience.com just released a report stating, “There is real chemistry between dogs and their owners, new research over the last few years and data from Dognition show. From a simple kiss to a long, loving gaze, everyday interactions with dogs are responsible for changing people's biochemistry for the better.”
The story noted that Dr. Brian Hare, associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University in North Carolina and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and Vanessa Woods, a research scientist in evolutionary anthropology at Duke University, have cited several studies suggesting that, “Humans and even their dogs experience a rise in the feel-good hormone oxytocin and other pleasure-inducing compounds after interacting with one another.
Oxytocin is known as the "hug hormone" because it’s what makes you feel good when you are touched by a loved one, get a massage or enjoy a good meal. Oxytocin also has pain-relieving properties and can decrease stress and blood pressure.”
Dr. Hare and Ms. Woods have written, “Humanity's relationship with dogs is so extraordinary that it affects humans' very biochemistry. Science is only beginning to understand the mechanisms of this relationship. But for those who just need a little something to lift their spirits, try a meaningful gaze, or even a kiss, with your best friend." See the full story.