February 08, 2023
Why We ‘Paws- itively’ Love Dogs
Humans and dogs have been in love with each other for thousands of years. While some work for us, most live rent-free in our homes enjoying warm beds, tons of belly rubs and yummy chow, such as adorable Valentine’s Day dog treats from Pine Market’s Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming.
Why do we love our dogs so much? We have some thoughts.
It’s a Chemical Thing
Science has a few things to say about why we love dogs. Interacting with dogs — whether petting them or staring deeply into their eyes — increases the level of oxytocin in our brains. Also called the “love” hormone, oxytocin is responsible for social bonding among humans. It seems to promote bonding with Fido, as well.
Puppy Dog Eyes
It’s not all feel-good chemicals, though. Our ancestors preferred dogs with large, expressive eyebrows that, when raised, make their eyes look wide and innocent. Those eyes are common in newborns which may be why we feel protective toward them.
Some studies show that mothers have the same neurological responses to their dogs as they do their children when they see pictures of them.
They Are Attuned to Our Emotions
Dogs sense when we are sad or in distress and are often the first to comfort us. You may find your dog cuddling next to you all day if you have the flu. If you are sad, they may nuzzle your hand or give you the doggy equivalent of a hug. Research has shown that just spending 20 or 30 minutes with your dog can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
They Are Good for Our Health
There are many health benefits to owning a dog. Studies have shown that people who own dogs have lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol levels and a lower risk of heart disease. Much of this can be attributed to walking your dog. However, the simple act of petting or playing with your pooch can reduce stress which is beneficial to your physical health.
They Are Fun to Be Around
Most dogs have exuberant personalities. They are playful. They get Zoomies. They even make funny faces. That may be why dog videos are second only to cat videos in popularity.
They Are Loyal, Trustworthy and True
Dogs are devoted to us. They stick by our side no matter what. They always greet us with a wagging tail and slobbery kisses. They protect us and our families from danger (including that guy in the brown truck that delivers boxes). You can count on your dog to love you no matter what. of our family. They are our willing companions and best friends.