Jeffrey Kluger writes about the special bond humans and dogs have shared for But if you went to live in a dogs-only world, you'd be pretty good at It's not enough to say that the relationship is symbiotic—that dogs hunt for. Do dogs or humans gain more from our ancient association? According to Groves: "The human-dog relationship amounts to a very long lasting symbiosis. This close psychological relationship between man and dog is an important one. In Civilization and Its Discontents (8), Freud suggested that certain of his.
Anyone who owns a dog is familiar with the "gaze"—that hypnotic, imploring stare that demands reciprocation.
It can seem to hold a world of mystery and longing, or just pure bafflement at what makes humans tick. It turns out that the look of mutual recognition between human and dog reflects thousands of years of evolution, a bond programmed into our very body chemistry.
Last spring a research team in Japan discovered that both species release a hormone called oxytocin when they look into each other's eyes—the same hormone released when a human mother beholds her baby.
What's more, the Japanese study showed that higher levels of oxytocin were released during that gaze than during petting or talking. It seems that for dogs, at least where humans are concerned, eyes really are windows to the soul.
Researcher explores close prehistoric relationship between humans and dogs
But where does that unique symbiosis begin, one that has long involved even the sharing of parasites and certain diseases? According to Losey, the biochemical bonding impulse is only one part of the story. His own research is focused on teasing out the cultural forces over time that have made dogs and humans such a good fit. One of Losey's projects involves the excavation of dog remains between 5, and 8, years old at Lake Baikal, Siberia, the deepest freshwater lake in the world.
What's striking about the find is it reveals dogs were buried alongside humans in cemeteries, pointing not only to some of the earliest evidence of dog domestication but also suggesting dogs were held in the same high esteem as humans.
Dogs seem to have a very special place in human communities in the past. Inside the Canine Mindnow available at retailers and on Amazon.
You speak dog better than you think you do. You may not be fluent; that would require actually being a dog. You can tell a nervous yip from a menacing growl, a bark that says hello from a bark that says get lost. You can read the body language that says happy, that says sad, that says tired, that says scared, that says Please, please, please play with me right now!
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What does a happy bird look like? You grew up in a world in which dogs are everywhere and simply came to understand them. That, by itself, says something about the bond that humans and dogs share. We live with cats, we work with horses, we hire cows for their milk and chickens for their eggs and pay them with food—unless we kill them and eat them instead.
- Researcher explores close prehistoric relationship between humans and dogs
Our lives are entangled with those of other species, but we could disentangle if we wanted. With dogs, things are different.
Why Dogs and Humans Love Each Other More Than Anyone Else
Our world and their world swirled together long ago like two different shades of paint. But why is that? That underwater deal is entirely transactional; love plays no part.
Humans and dogs, by contrast, adore each other. The relationship began—well, nobody knows exactly when it began.
The earliest remains of humans and dogs interred together date to 14, years ago, but there are some unconfirmed finds that are said to be more than twice as old. The larger point is the meaning of the discoveries: