Dog owners feel their best friend in tune. And this connection is real. Study reveals that pets smell our feelings. And they adopt the emotions as if they were their own.
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Science has proven that dogs can see and hear the signs of human emotions.
But no one had studied whether they could get our olfactory cues.
Now a new study reveals that dogs smell our feelings.
And not only that.
They adopt the feeling as if it were their own.
The research was done by the University of Federico II of Naples (Italy).
"The role of the olfactory system has been widely underestimated."
The explanation is from one of the authors, Dr. Biagio D'Aniello.
"Maybe because our own species is more focused on the visual system."
So studying dogs makes perfect sense.
After all, your nose is one of the sharpest in the animal kingdom.
The study conducted some tests.
First, human volunteers watched videos made to cause fear, happiness or a neutral response.
Then sweat samples were collected.
The researchers then presented these odor samples to some domestic dogs.
And they monitored the animals' behavior and heart rate.
As a result, dogs exposed to fear smells showed more signs of stress.
They also had higher heart rates.
They also sought more contact with their owners.
And they made less social contact with strangers.
The study reveals a stronger link when we need comfort the most.
And they know their influence on us.
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