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Petting Other People’s Dogs Has Health Benefits

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Emerging research in a fascinating scientific field reveals that even brief positive interactions with dogs can leave a lasting impact on individuals. These encounters are shown to reduce stress hormones and boost what experts often refer to as the “love hormone.”

Remarkably, spending just five minutes with a dog can cause a drop in the stress hormone cortisol, while simultaneously increasing the feel-good hormone oxytocin, benefiting both the person and the dog involved.

Furthermore, experts emphasize that dog ownership offers even more advantages, including improved heart health.

One aspect that delights psychiatry professor Nancy Gee about this research is that it demonstrates a mutual exchange of benefits, creating a heartwarming two-way street between humans and their beloved canine companions.