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.
2. The study suggested that owner-dog bonding is like human parent-infant bonding or also known as oxytocin-mediated eye-gaze bonding.
3. What is oxytocin? It is a hormone associated with trust and maternal bonding, which increases when you are close to someone you love.
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.
5. According to Kikusui, dogs acquired such gaze as part of their efforts to communicate and form social bonds with humans.
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.