There were two very interesting science-related stories on dogs this week I thought I’d share.
The first is from the Guardian and is shown in the screenshot above. You can read it here.
The second is from the New York Times with the headline “The Look of Love Is in the Dog’s Eyes.” You can read it here (may be behind paywall … if so, google the headline and see if it pops up somewhere else on the web) and this is the key paragraph:
“Japanese researchers found that dogs who trained a long gaze on their owners had elevated levels of oxytocin, a hormone produced in the brain that is associated with nurturing and attachment, similar to the feel-good feedback that bolsters bonding between parent and child. After receiving those long gazes, the owners? levels of oxytocin increased, too.”
I’ve heard this about dogs and detecting certain kinds of cancers, as well as being able to warn of an impending seizure. And they can feel earthquakes well before the equipment records anything. Dogs are so amazing!!! (And cats too 🙂 )
Tonya Allen says
Both very interesting and I hadn’t come across these yet. Thanks for posting!