Science: Your Dog Loves You Big Time

The motivation of cats may remain a mystery forever, but science has spoken about dogs and the news is as you’d expect: They actually really do love you.

A new study from Azabu University in Japan that measured what happens when dog owners look into the eyes of their pets found that oxytocin levels (a key ingredient in human bonding) rose dramatically in both humans and dogs, the same way it does when mothers and babies gaze into one another’s eyes.

That’s heavy stuff when you consider that dogs’ oxytocin levels are increasing 130 percent and their owners’ are increasing 300 percent, and scientists are all but ready to conclude that this a sign of real love – or how we define love from a scientific point of view, anyway.

But, gazing into your pooch’s eyes isn’t the only ticket to the Lovefest. You can show your dog some love in all kinds of ways. Here are a few good ones:

Give ‘em a treat.

This one’s no secret: Dogs love treats. Bacon, you say? It may seem impossible, but yes, your dog loves it more than you – waaaaaay more than you.

Treats aren’t just about food, though. Dog also love toys. Of course, they’ll love them even more if they taste anything like bacon.

Show ‘em the door.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a fenced-in yard or other controlled outdoor area and you don’t have a doggy door, then it may be that you haven’t seen pure hound happiness.

People typically install pet doors in home doors, but they can really be installed anywhere that’s convenient for you and your pup.

Give ‘em a scrub.

It might not feel like love to them in the moment, but they’ll feel better afterward and it will do them a world of good.

Your dog needs regular bathing for good coat health as well as to prevent/combat pests and mites. If Scratchy is acting itchy, a gentle wash with a medicated shampoo can help kill fleas and soothe irritated skin.

Let ‘em know you care.

Leashes are good to have on hand even when you have the best-trained dog in the world. It’s kind of like driving a car – you’re only in control of your half of the road at any given point in time.

A leash can save your dog from unforeseeable problems of all kinds; other dogs, erratic traffic and the occasional bacon-scented baby can cause catastrophic damage in two shakes of a sheepdog’s tail.

So, gaze deeply into those soulful eyes, feel the love and give a little back so your dog knows it’s the leader of the pack.

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