Oxytocin has long been known to play a key role in social bonding between humans, but now researches have found that it can even make dogs more friendly towards their owners :
An oxytocin nasal spray can strengthen the bond between you and your pet dog, a new study has found.
Researchers studied how 16 pet adult dogs of different breeds behaved after they were exposed to an oxytocin spray.
Oxytocin or ‘love hormone’ is a naturally occurring hormone released by the pituitary gland.
The scientists recorded any instance of bonding behaviour that the dogs showed with other familiar dogs as well as with their owners.
The behaviours included sniffing, licking, gentle touching with the nose or paw, playing and resting in contact with the other’s body.
Researchers found that after receiving the oxytocin spray, dogs displayed more affiliative behaviours and paid more attention to their owners