A mother of a shih tzu is also a mother, according to a survey carried out by the Japanese university Azabu, in fact, there is a special bond between a man and his best friend.
This bond is built from a hormonal process activated when they look at each other, which works in a very similar way to what happens between mother and child.
Shih Tzu look
It’s just that this look triggers both in the shih tzu and its owner the levels of oxytocin in the brain, a hormone related to paternal and maternal behavior. Oxytocin also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and plays an important role in the recognition and establishment of social bonds, as well as in the formation of trusting relationships.
How the search was carried out
To carry out the research, the scientists placed several dogs with their owners in a room and analyzed each interaction between them for 30 minutes. They then measured oxytocin levels in both the dogs’ and their owners’ urine and found that constant eye contact between them raised the hormone levels in both their brains.
“THE SAME CONNECTION MECHANISM, BASED ON THE INCREASE OF OXYTOCIN WHEN LOOKING AT EACH OTHER, WHICH STRENGTHENS EMOTIONAL LINKS BETWEEN MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN, ALSO HELPS REGULATE THE BOND BETWEEN SHIH TZU AND THEIR OWNERS”,
In a second experiment, the researchers put oxytocin in the muzzles of some dogs and put them in a room with their owners and some strangers. The response in the animals was that they spent more time looking at their owners, which after half an hour, caused the oxytocin levels to rise in the owners as well.
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