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Do Dogs like to make Us Feel good?

Therapy dogs have become a common sight in hospitals, schools, and even in courtrooms. A study published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science showed that dogs love to extend emotional support.

But the question is, what if we’re taking things too far while cuddling dogs in our beds from an animal rights standpoint. A new research led by the animal welfare organisation American Humane found that dogs involved in animal-assisted intervention sessions didn’t show signs of stress while performing most bedside tasks.

The study was carried out at five different hospitals across the U.S. involving over a hundred patients and 26 dogs, making it the largest of its kind in this field.

In the study, the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol were studied from the saliva samples of these animals. The levels shot up for a stressed animal. The samples were taken when the dogs were at home and when they were with children receiving cancer treatment.  

In addition with the hormone analysis, a behavioral analysis was also performed wherein researchers videotaped the dogs during the therapy sessions and looked for various behaviours that might indicate displeasure, such as licking their lips or whining.

The results showed that the therapy dogs were happy in the company of the patients.

Credit Source – ScienceAlert

 

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