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Science: Your Dog Loves You Big Time

The motivation of cats may remain a mystery forever, but science has spoken about dogs and the news is as you’d expect: They actually really do love you.</br></br>A new study from Azabu University in Japan that <a title="Science Magazine" href="http://news.sciencemag.org/brain-behavior/2015/04/how-dogs-stole-our-hearts" target="_blank">measured what happens when dog owners look into the eyes of their pets</a> found that oxytocin levels (a key ingredient in human bonding) rose dramatically in both humans <em>and</em> dogs, the same way it does when mothers and babies gaze into one another’s eyes.</br></br>That’s heavy stuff when you consider that dogs’ oxytocin levels are increasing 130 percent and their owners’ are increasing 300 percent, and scientists are all but ready to conclude that this a sign of real love – or how we define love from a scientific point of view, anyway.</br></br>But, gazing into your pooch’s eyes isn’t the only ticket to the Lovefest. You can show your dog some love in all kinds of ways. Here are a few good ones:</br></br><strong>Give ‘em a treat.</strong></br></br>This one’s no secret: <a title="Dog Treats" href="http://www.atgstores.com/pets/pet-products/dog-supplies/dog-feeding/dog-treats/" target="_blank">Dogs love treats</a>. Bacon, you say? It may seem impossible, but yes, your dog loves it more than you – <em>waaaaaay</em> more than you.</br></br>Treats aren’t just about food, though. <a title="Dog Toys" href="http://www.atgstores.com/pets/pet-products/dog-supplies/dog-toys/" target="_blank">Dog also love toys</a>. Of course, they’ll love them even more if they taste anything like bacon.</br></br><strong>Show ‘em the door.</strong></br></br>If you’re fortunate enough to have a fenced-in yard or other controlled outdoor area and you don’t have a doggy door, then it may be that you haven’t seen pure hound happiness.</br></br>People typically <a title="Pet Doors" href="http://www.atgstores.com/pets/pet-products/dog-supplies/pet-doors/" target="_blank">install pet doors</a> in home doors, but they can really be installed anywhere that’s convenient for you and your pup.</br></br><strong>Give ‘em a scrub.</strong></br></br>It might not feel like love to them in the moment, but they’ll feel better afterward and it will do them a world of good.</br></br>Your <a title="Dog Grooming" href="http://www.atgstores.com/pets/pet-products/dog-supplies/dog-grooming/" target="_blank">dog needs regular bathing</a> for good coat health as well as to prevent/combat pests and mites. If Scratchy is acting itchy, a gentle wash with a medicated shampoo can help kill fleas and soothe irritated skin.</br></br><strong>Let ‘em know you care.</strong></br></br><a title="Collars &amp; Leashes" href="http://www.atgstores.com/pets/pet-products/dog-supplies/dog-collars-leashes/" target="_blank">Leashes are good</a> to have on hand even when you have the best-trained dog in the world. It’s kind of like driving a car – you’re only in control of your half of the road at any given point in time.</br></br>A leash can save your dog from unforeseeable problems of all kinds; other dogs, erratic traffic and the occasional bacon-scented baby can cause catastrophic damage in two shakes of a sheepdog’s tail.</br></br>So, gaze deeply into those soulful eyes, feel the love and give a little back so your dog knows it’s the leader of the pack.
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