Dogs Can Raise Oxytocin Levels Much Like Children Can

A study done in Japan with dog owners showed that the hormone oxytocin which is the chemical often linked to mothering or nurturing is raised when playing with their dogs.  The researchers concluded that the increase of oxytocin is much like what happens when human mothers spend time with their children.

Of course, us dog owners already know the powerful effects that our dogs have on us and now we can tell others that this has indeed been scientifically proven that dogs are just as effective as human children in creating that special bond.

A more detail description of this study is at the a blog about science.

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