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6 Things You Should Know When Dogs and People Bond Through Eye Contact

Here are six things that you should know about dog-people eye contact.

1. A new study in Science led by Takefumi Kikusui examined that impact of the gaze in the dogs and their owners. Kikusui is an animal behaviorist at Azaba University in Japan.

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2. The study suggested that owner-dog bonding is like human parent-infant bonding or also known as oxytocin-mediated eye-gaze bonding.

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3. What is oxytocin? It is a hormone associated with trust and maternal bonding, which increases when you are close to someone you love.

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4. The researchers of the said study found out that when a dog owner and his pet charges gazed into each other’s eyes during a 30-minute period, their levels of oxytocin increased.

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5. According to Kikusui, dogs acquired such gaze as part of their efforts to communicate and form social bonds with humans.

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6. Kikusui added that there is a possibility that dogs cleverly utilize a natural system meant for bonding a parent with his or her child.

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