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.
“There is a fashion in science at the moment, to identify changes in hormone levels with changes in emotional and feeling states,” says Clive Wynne, a psychologist at Arizona State University who studies how dogs and people interact
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