Animal magnetism: Your dog can make you feel better, and here's why

  • Humane Society executive Wayne Pacell at home with his dog Lily and cat, Zoe; research has shown that when humans interact with dogs, oxytocin levels increase in both species.

    Humane Society executive Wayne Pacell at home with his dog Lily and cat, Zoe; research has shown that when humans interact with dogs, oxytocin levels increase in both species. Washington Post photo by Linda Davidson

 
 
Posted10/23/2016 7:30 AM

"Dogs make people feel good," says Brian Hare, an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience. Scientists believe that the major source of people's positive reactions to pets comes from the hormone oxytocin.

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