The Truth about Puppy Dog Eyes!
We’ve all heard it before- puppy dog eyes! Our dogs give us that look, and we say those puppy dog eyes won’t work on me! We tell our dogs not to give us those puppy dog eyes, then they continue and we melt- we give them whatever they want! But what exactly do puppy dog eyes do?
Studies were actually done on Puppy Dog Eyes!
Thes studies have shown that our dogs “PUPPY DOG EYES” omit this hormone called Oxytocin.
What is Oxytocin?
Oxytocin is also called the “cuddle hormone” or “LOVE hormone”. It is released when people snuggle up or bond, or even when you play with your dog. It is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland (a pea sized structure at the base of the brain).
Can Oxytocin go wrong?
While it is the love hormone, it can also intensify bad memories of bonding gone bad. It can make people or dogs for that matter less accepting of people they see as outsiders. So it all depends on the environment whether the oxytocin makes you feel cuddly or suspicious of others.
Could Puppy Dog Eyes help treat Autism?
Could the effects of Oxytocin produced from Puppy Dog Eyes help treat Autism? In an article I recently read I found that oxytocin nose sprays have been considered for use in treating autism. This makes alot of sense to me.
Let’s consider what autism is first. Autism is a neurological disorder marked by struggles with social functioning. It effects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autistic individuals may have a difficult time understanding typical cues and social behaviors, and may find engaging around others difficult.
Autistic people are known to have a a special bond with horses, and dogs, ie pets/ animals. Maybe it’s the Puppy Dog Eyes that do it!
How can you say no to puppy dog eyes? Do our dogs know something we don’t know? Think about it they give us a look and we are putty in their paws! We work and work for their affection, maybe all we need to do is create eye contact.
How Puppy Dog Eyes Work
Ok, so studies have shown that when we gaze into our dogs eyes it causes Oxytocin to spike. Now one of the main jobs of this hormone is to bond the parent and child.
There were two experiments done on this:
The first one urine was collected from a group of dogs and their companions
Then they had a 30 minute interaction together.
Afterwards another urine sample was collected from the dogs and their companions.
What the samples showed was that those that did gaze at each other more experienced more oxytocin levels in their urine.
The second scientists sprayed oxytocin into a group of dogs noses and found female dogs gazed longer at their companions afterwards. The gazing also increased the companions level of oxytocin.
So the next time you do some training with your dog, get their eye contact and gaze into their eyes and give them those pet companion eyes that they can’t refuse, and bond with them Fair is Fair. To be honest, part of a good training session is getting that eye contact with your dog, the stronger the eye contact the more they will trust and listen to you!
Be patient and get your dogs trust and omit that oxytocin with the “PUPPY DOG EYES”.
Taking it into today
Just thinking those puppy dog eyes, can be thought of in today’s technology think about it. With the start of the internet we had blogs written using mostly words, we included photos, the most capivating where those with eye catching photos. Today we moved to video. And it makes sense now that video is the now. You can make even more eye contact with your viewer, so if nothing else look at the lens that is recording you and send that love or cuddle hormone out to your viewer and invite them into your blog!
Use a true puppy, who no one can refuse to draw that audience in!
Until tomorrow have a happy healthy puppy dog loving day and go make some “puppy dog eyes” with your dog,
The All American Dog Runner Girl and her All American Dog Pack
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