The study, conducted by neuroscientist, Dr Paul Zak from Monash University, found that when dogs and their human counterparts stare into each other’s eyes, the pooch’s brain is flooded with the love-induced hormone, oxytocin.
Oxytocin induces a calm, warm mood that increases tender feelings and attachment. The feel-good hormone is sometimes called "the commitment neuromodulator", because it reinforces bonding.
It's the same natural chemical released immediately after a mother gives birth to encourage natural bonding.
Dogs produce the love hormone when they make eye contact with their bonded human, with the study revealing that canines release five times more Oxytocin than humans. These results suggests that our puppy pals love us more than we could ever could love them.
So next time when you’re feeling a little down and you lock into a love-infested gaze with your hound, just remember that they’re looking back at you with affection and feeling the love too.