It may even get to feel as if dogs are worshipping the ground we humans walk on. Specially so with owners, their canine companions make their caretakers feel as if they’re truly adored. There are really a lot of brain interactions happening inside pooches’ heads when we’re around.
As we’ve seen the man-dog relationship grow throughout history, there seems to be similar reciprocities. The more we’ve shown social care to canines as part of the family circle, so they seem to like us even more.
While not chemically communicating between species, the same hormone is nevertheless released in both animal & human. Called the ‘togetherness’ hormone, oxytocin is the key to bond both creatures, as each body release it to their own physiological receptors. Same thing’s observed between mother-baby breastfeeding.
A person doesn’t even have to be present. Just the owner’s smell is enough to make its pet act happy. This type of connection is established through positive reinforcement. It eventually makes a dog release feel-good chemical in their brain’s reward center, when they catch their caretaker’s scent.
Voice-wise, bonding is less marked in dogs when they get talked to as humans. Pets are more likely to enjoy what’s been referred to as ‘doggie speech’. It’s a high pitched voice with reassuring words commonly used for them (non-dog lovers everywhere are now cringing). & yes, as if doing baby-talk.
Regardless of how incomprehensively complex things may get inside the brain, it’s a fact. Dogs could turn us into better humans. They’re also inherently good, particularly for the type of bonding their species & ours particularly crave.
Humans are able to reason things out. Even while emotionalizing thoughts, they’re able to think on cause-effect result terms. Dog’s reduced prefrontal cortex doesn’t have that reasoning capacity. What they lack on the ability to think through things, they seem to more than make up on instinctually reacting in a positive way.
Especially now during a time when policy-related circumstances are keeping people apart, that’s now needed more than ever.