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A recent study found that when dogs are reunited with their owners after being apart from them for 5-7 hours, they cry with happiness.
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The findings was released on Monday and was published in the journal Current Biology.
In a press statement regarding the study, Takefumi Kikusui of Azabu University in Japan stated, “We observed that dogs shed tears connected with happy feelings.”
“We also identified oxytocin as a potential underlying mechanism behind it.”
To compare the amount of tears shed by dogs before and after being reunited with their owners, researchers utilized a common test.
Kikusui added, “That gave me the thought that oxytocin might increase weeping.”
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The “love hormone,” as defined by Kikusui, is oxytocin.
He then carried out an experiment.
His team of researchers measured the amount of tears shed by dogs before and after the animals were reunited with their owners using a common test.
When canines were reunited with their owners, as opposed to other persons the dogs were unfamiliar with, they discovered that tear volume rose.
According to the press release, the researchers were also aware that during contacts, oxytocin is released in both dogs and their owners.
We had no idea that animals cry when they are happy, like when they are reunited with their owners.
To test whether it made dogs cry, they conducted the “reunification experiment.”
That result lends credence to the hypothesis that oxytocin release contributes to the production of tears when people and their pets reunite.
According to the release, these results imply that dogs’ tears contribute to the development of deeper bonds between owners and their canine companions.
It also demonstrates the close emotional ties that exist between people and their beloved pets.
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Despite the fact that there is still much to learn, Kikusui claimed that the results were unexpected.
We were all thrilled that this would be a world first because “we had never heard of the revelation that animals shed tears in joyous situations, such as reuniting with their owners,” he added in the media release.
“There is delight, there is recollection,” a New Yorker who had dogs as pets as a child said. “Dogs are wiser than people realize.”
He remembered how his family’s German shepherd reacted to him after he finished basic training.
By then, she had puppies.