Dogs Do Feel Love

Dojo and MummyNeurochemical research has shown that the hormone released when people are in love is released in animals in the same intimate circumstances. Paul J. Zak, a professor at Claremont Graduate University, discovered that the “love hormone” oxytocin is released when someone treats another with kindness. For his latest research Zak tested the oxytocin levels of different animals at an animal refuge in Arkansas, where numerous animals interacted with each another. After allowing a dog to play with a goat for a determined period of time researchers found that the dog had a 48 percent increase in oxytocin. The moderate change in oxytocin suggests the dog viewed the goat as a “friend.” “That animals of different species induce oxytocin release in each other suggests that they, like us, might be capable of love,” Zak told the Independent. “It is quite possible that Fido and Boots may feel the same way about you as you do about them. You can even call it love.” Zak said the findings suggested pets might feel love for their owners.
Read more about Zak’s findings at The Atlantic

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