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Mon, Apr 20
It’s a question that bedevils dog owners the world over: “Is she staring at me because she loves me? Or because she wants another biscuit?”
Research published Thursday in the journal Science suggests that love (or something close) could be behind that stare. The work shows that when dogs and their people gaze into each other’s eyes, all get a boost in their circulating levels of oxytocin — a hormone thought to play a role in trust and emotional bonding.
The results suggest that both dogs and people feel it, something few dog owners would doubt.