Dog ownership is just as therapeutic as child rearing

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Who said dogs aren’t as special as kids? Researchers at Tokyo’s Azabu University found out that humans generate high oxytocin levels after playing with dogs. Oxytocin is a “bonding” hormone associated with romantic love, friendship, and childcare; it does wonderful things like lower stress levels, fight depression, and breed trust. People always tell me that loving a dog is nothing like loving your own child; I have yet to find out if this is true to me, but I know for a fact that my oxytocin levels are healthily high because of Ruby and Malcolm (above).

Link (Thanks, Ann!)

4 thoughts on “Dog ownership is just as therapeutic as child rearing

  1. “…I know for a fact that my oxytocin levels are healthily high…” – Indeed
    Anyways, I enjoy a good dose of “oxytocin”, like playing with puppies, but pets and children on a day-to-day basis, I can do without.