About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us

Dogs Bond With Their Owners Just Like Babies Bond With Their Mother

by Bidita Debnath on April 20, 2015 at 1:33 AM
Font : A-A+

Dogs Bond With Their Owners Just Like Babies Bond With Their Mother

The "mutual gaze" between dogs and their owners can lead to a bond that is similar to the one between a mother and child, suggests a team of Japanese scientists. Humans also experience the same feelings of affection for their dogs as they might do for their family, they found.

"It can be said that dogs successfully cohabit with humans because they have been successful in adapting the bonding mechanism to relations with humans," explained Dr. Miho Nagasawa, lead author from Azabu University, Japan.


During the study, dogs were observed for 30 minutes in a room with their owners. The amount of time the dogs made an eye contact with their owners was used to put the dogs into two groups: long gaze and short gaze.

The dogs that gazed at their owners the most saw a significant increase in their oxytocin levels after the experiment. In the second experiment, oxytocin was sprayed onto the nose of some dogs. The dogs were put into a room with their owner and two strangers for 30 minutes.

The team discovered that female dogs looked at their owners longer and owners of these dogs released more oxytocin. "The lack of an effect on male dogs could be down to sex differences in the function of oxytocin," the authors wrote. The results show the existence of a continuous bonding loop between humans and dogs driven by oxytocin.

Eye contact between a mother and her baby strengthens their attachment by activating the so-called 'love hormone'-- oxytocin -- in the mother's brain. This drives emotional bonding between parent and offspring by encouraging both nurturing and interactive behaviors. The findings were detailed in the journal Science.

Source: IANS


Recommended Readings

Latest Research News

Is There a Cure for Malaria Through Targeting Biological Clocks?
Malaria parasites sync their molecular rhythms with the internal 24-hour clocks of their hosts, said researchers.
Good Evenings Recovery Leads to Better Work Days
A latest research suggests that the quality of a person's post-work recovery in the evening can impact their mood when they resume work the next day.
Link Between Sleep Apnea and Cognitive Decline
Researchers are working on new strategies and solutions for sleep apnea to ward off a range of health risks including cognitive decline.
Softening Stem Cells Enhances Hair Growth Potential
The scientists discovered that when the stem cells in the hair follicle are made softer, they have a higher chance of growing hair.
Potential New Strategy for Ischemic Stroke Discovered
A combinatorial therapy provided promising beneficial results among people with ischemic stroke.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Dogs Bond With Their Owners Just Like Babies Bond With Their Mother Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests