Animals, particularly social creatures, groom each other as a way to build and maintain relationships. It turns out that specialized nerve cells have evolved to transmit a pleasant sensation when touched. This is why stroking or petting animals, including humans, is so enjoyable. But why does it feel so good? A recent study has provided some insight into the matter.
The study found that caresses activate a particular set of neurons in the brain. This explains why petting animals is so pleasurable for them, as it makes them feel good, relaxed and soothed. In response to petting, dogs have been known to release oxytocin, the bonding hormone. The contact is calming and spending time with your pet is more enjoyable due to the trust and cooperation between both people and dogs.
Taking the time to scratch and pet them, especially areas where your pet may have difficulty reaching and grooming them, is an excellent way to establish and maintain a strong bond with your pet while reinforcing desired behavior. Petting animals can also be beneficial for humans. It has been shown to reduce stress levels and improve moods. It can also help people with anxiety or depression by providing comfort and companionship. Petting animals can also help people with physical disabilities by providing physical support and assistance. Petting animals can be a great way to show your love and appreciation for them.
It can also be a great way to bond with your pet and build a strong relationship. So next time you're feeling down or stressed out, take some time to give your furry friend some love and affection.