You may sense that hanging out with a dog or even looking at pictures of a dog gives your mood a boost, and there's proof that it does.
A chemical called oxytocin, which has been found to reduce stress, fight depression and create feelings of trust, increases significantly—for humans and dogs alike—when they spend as little as 30 minutes together. Glad the feeling is mutual!
Dog owners were found to experience a spike in oxytocin just from meeting their dogs' gazes.
You already know your dog makes your life better. Now you know some of the science behind your special connection.
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