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Posted: Jun 20, 2014 - 12:20pm

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Posted: Apr 23, 2014 - 10:30am

(...) This experience led me to undertake experiments on animal-human relations to try to understand how animals make us care so much about them. Biologically, I wanted to know if pets cause the people to release oxytocin, known as the neurochemical of love, and traditionally associated with the nurturing of one's offspring.

My lab at Claremont Graduate University in California pioneered the study of the chemical basis for human goodness. In the past decade, we have done dozens of studies showing that the brain produces the chemical oxytocin when someone treats us with kindness.

I call oxytocin the "moral molecule" because it motivates us to treat others with care and compassion. Oxytocin was classically associated with uterine contractions in humans, and in rodents caring for offspring. Our studies showed that a large number of agreeable human interactions—from trusting a stranger to hold money for you, to dancing, to meditating in a group—causes the release of oxytocin and, at least temporarily, makes us tangibly care about others, even complete strangers.

In our animal experiment, 100 participants came into my lab and we obtained blood samples from them to establish their baseline physiologic states. Then they went into a private room and played with a dog or cat for 15 minutes. We did a second blood draw after this, and then had participants interact with each other to see how they behaved toward humans, too. If animals caused oxytocin release in humans, it would explain my surprise attachment to my dog Teddy, and perhaps why people spend thousands of dollars to treat a pet medically rather than euthanize it and simply get a new animal. 

Our previous studies showed that when humans engage in social activities with each other, oxytocin levels typically increase between 10 percent and 50 percent. The change in oxytocin, measured in blood, indexes the strength of the relationship between people. When your little daughter runs to hug you, your oxytocin could increase 100 percent. When a stranger shakes your hand, it might be 5 or 10 percent. If the stranger shaking your hand is attractive, oxytocin might increase 50 percent. Oxytocin is considered a reproductive hormone. It increases powerfully during sexual climax, establishing long-term bonds between romantic partners. Our experiments focus on what causes the brain to make oxytocin and its behavioral effects.

The dog and cat study showed that neither species consistently increased oxytocin in humans. Only 30 percent of participants had an increase in oxytocin after playing with an animal. We found that one factor predicted whether playing with a dog would increase oxytocin: the lifetime number of pets of any type one had owned.

The opposite was true for those who interacted with cats. Greater lifetime pet ownership caused oxytocin to fall linearly. Dogs are simply more "people-oriented" than cats, and previous pet ownership seems to have trained our brains to bond with them. 

We also found that dogs reduced stress hormones better than cats (no surprise there!). When stress hormones were lower, people in the experiment trusted strangers with more of their own money. This may tell us why people who own dogs are judged as more trustworthy than those who don't. The human-canine bond appears to be powerful and important to both species.

Many dogs, and sometimes other mammals, exhibit another human-like behavior: play. I was curious if animals can form friendships with other animals and was invited to take part in a small-scale experiment for BBC television that would give me a chance to test this.

As in our laboratory experiment, I wanted to see if cross-species animal play causes oxytocin synthesis. This would be biological evidence for animal friendships. That's how I ended up in Arkansas with a goat in my lap. (...)

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Posted: Apr 21, 2014 - 3:56pm

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This last time I bought elk antlers. Spendy, but they'll last a long time. Plus, I usually buy the base, rather than the points.

 
I didn't buy the ones I have now.  My current dog inherited them from his predecessor or possibly even the guy in the avatar who went out into the woods and brought them back himself.  They do last an incredibly long time.
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Posted: Apr 21, 2014 - 3:39pm

 Prodigal_SOB wrote:

No, but when they put them down they tend to lie pointy side up.

 
 
This last time I bought elk antlers. Spendy, but they'll last a long time. Plus, I usually buy the base, rather than the points.
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Posted: Apr 20, 2014 - 3:56pm

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Oooo, thanks for the tip.  Do they splinter?

 
No, but when they put them down they tend to lie pointy side up.

 


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Posted: Apr 20, 2014 - 3:53pm

 Prodigal_SOB wrote:

If you use antlers (and there are some hidden in my house somewhere) be careful walking around without shoes.

 

 
Oooo, thanks for the tip.  Do they splinter?
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Posted: Apr 20, 2014 - 3:45pm

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Thanks, guys.  I think I will check out the deer antlers and the Amazon toy.  I have some hunter acquaintances who can probably hook me up with some antlers.

 
If you use antlers (and there are some hidden in my house somewhere) be careful walking around without shoes.

 
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Posted: Apr 20, 2014 - 3:42pm

Thanks, guys.  I think I will check out the deer antlers and the Amazon toy.  I have some hunter acquaintances who can probably hook me up with some antlers.
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Posted: Apr 20, 2014 - 3:24pm

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I have two dogs who weigh 70  pounds.  Can anyone recommend good chew toys for them?  I googled that question and didn't really get a satisfactory answer.  They like to chew and have been working on some of my furniture. Boo.

 
  I've found these to be pretty durable (if they're the same brand and they look like they are).   They're fairly thick rubber and have a squeaky on the bottom so they can't puncture it like a tennis ball.   They bounce in erratic patterns when you throw them too which is always lots of fun.

  click for Amazon link then go back through one of Bill's links if you want to get any
{#Arrowl}The large ones were one of the 115 pound dog's favorites but they do come in different sizes


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Posted: Apr 20, 2014 - 2:47pm

 2cats wrote:
I have two dogs who weigh 70  pounds.  Can anyone recommend good chew toys for them?  I googled that question and didn't really get a satisfactory answer.  They like to chew and have been working on some of my furniture. Boo.

 
Our butcher has beef leg bones that he band-saws in two lengthwise.  Spock isn't much of a chewer but getting the marrow out of the centre keeps him happy for a good while.
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Posted: Apr 20, 2014 - 2:46pm

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I got a couple of bat-sized antlers for my chewers (one of whom is a pit bull) and they love 'em! Rawhides routinely have to be pulled out of coking dog throats. We call them "Choke'n'Chews."

 
do not feed coke to dogs.
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Posted: Apr 20, 2014 - 2:29pm

 Lazy8 wrote:
 2cats wrote:
I have two dogs who weigh 70  pounds.  Can anyone recommend good chew toys for them?  I googled that question and didn't really get a satisfactory answer.  They like to chew and have been working on some of my furniture. Boo.

Deer antlers are pretty much indestructible, but we also get big bags of rawhide bones from Costco. Better value than anything else we've found.

 
I got a couple of bat-sized antlers for my chewers (one of whom is a pit bull) and they love 'em! Rawhides routinely have to be pulled out of choking dog throats. We call them "Choke'n'Chews."


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Posted: Apr 20, 2014 - 1:42pm

 2cats wrote:
I have two dogs who weigh 70  pounds.  Can anyone recommend good chew toys for them?  I googled that question and didn't really get a satisfactory answer.  They like to chew and have been working on some of my furniture. Boo.

Deer antlers are pretty much indestructible, but we also get big bags of rawhide bones from Costco. Better value than anything else we've found.
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Posted: Apr 20, 2014 - 1:37pm

 2cats wrote:
I have two dogs who weigh 70  pounds.  Can anyone recommend good chew toys for them?  I googled that question and didn't really get a satisfactory answer.  They like to chew and have been working on some of my furniture. Boo.

 
Ask your vet? My vet tech told me of a place in town to get "fresh" bones. I never got any because Middy's not much of a chewer.
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Posted: Apr 20, 2014 - 12:46pm

I have two dogs who weigh 70  pounds.  Can anyone recommend good chew toys for them?  I googled that question and didn't really get a satisfactory answer.  They like to chew and have been working on some of my furniture. Boo.
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Posted: Apr 19, 2014 - 8:23am

 swell_sailor wrote:

Thanks.  

 

It's amazing how fast time goes anymore. I can still smell his stinky feet and feel his cold, wet nose pressed against me. 



 
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Posted: Apr 19, 2014 - 8:10am

 haresfur wrote:

We love all our dogs but sometimes that amazing one comes along.

Here's to Petey the wonder dog. 

 
 
To Petey. One of the best best friends ever.
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Posted: Apr 19, 2014 - 8:05am

Thanks.  

 

It's amazing how fast time goes anymore. I can still smell his stinky feet and feel his cold, wet nose pressed against me. 


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