Yes, Your Dog Loves You Back!
Dogs have long been considered man’s best friend, but with new technological and scientific research, this can be proven! A lot of people think of their dog more as their baby than their pet, and now there are stats to back it up. You now have permission to miss, love, and spoil your fur baby more than ever.
Oxytocin can be thought of as the “cuddle hormone.” It’s extremely important in maternal bonding. When a mother and baby gaze into each other’s eyes, oxytocin is released in both of their bodies in a positive feedback loop. This is the foundation for building a trusting relationship when the baby cannot express him or herself in any other way. A study in Japan has now shown that this cycle also occurs when dogs and their owners gaze at each other. That’s right — you’re not just imagining the paternal or maternal instinct that you feel for your dog. In this study it was found that when owners and dogs spent a few minutes looking into the eyes of the other, the dogs saw a 130 percent rise in oxytocin levels, and owners saw a 300 percent increase. This bonding love cycle also introduced some new theories as to how dogs became domesticated.
Survival of the Friendliest
It has long been thought that humans domesticated wolves, but what if they actually domesticated themselves? Thousands of years ago when wolves began being domesticated, they were thought of as enemies to humans. They were aggressive toward each other and competed over the same food to eat. This makes it unlikely that humans would seek out to gain the company of wolves; instead, the smart and friendly wolves learned how to survive using the humans. They likely saw that they could get food and shelter from humans, and therefore only the friendliest would be tolerated and accepted. Bold and aggressive dogs would be killed, but the friendly ones had a greater chance of being taken in. This idea, as expressed in a National Geographic article, is how the relationship between dog and man came to be. The friendly dog genetics changed their personality and looks over the years, and the more aggressive wolves stayed in the wild.
Nurturing Your Dog-Human Relationship
Now that we know that humans and dogs are truly connected and how that came about, you may want to do more to nurture that relationship. Eye contact and one-on-one play are obvious but very important in making your dog feel relaxed and comfortable with you. You may want to spoil your dog with occasional treats from the table or letting him break another rule every once in a while, but this actually will stress him out more. Dogs do better under a set of rules, so they know what to expect from you. But what about when you’re away from home? Of course you can bond better with your dog when you are able to touch and physically interact, but with new technology you can still be seen and heard while away. New tech, such as the iCPooch Internet Pet Treat Dispenser, allows you and your dog to see and hear each other, and even for you to virtually dispense a treat in real time. You just need to purchase the device and a high quality tablet, such as the iPad Pro, and you’ll be ready to see your dog while at work, traveling, anywhere!
If you’re a dog owner, you have always probably thought that you and your dog had a special connection and bond. Now, we know it’s true! Spend time bonding with your pet, and you will both benefit from the happiness that is created.