What should you do?
After analyzing the results, they found that the ones that reacted aggressively had increased levels of vasopressin, a neurohypophysial hormone that has been associated with aggression in humans.
Interestingly, they discovered higher levels of oxytocin among service pooches.
“Seeing high oxytocin levels in assistance dogs is completely consistent with their behavioral phenotype − that they’re very, very friendly dogs that are not aggressive toward people or other dogs,” co-author Evan MacLean said in a statement.
So, how do you keep your pup from lashing out?
Researchers suggest pet owners expose their four-legged friends to pleasant human interactions on a regular basis.
“Previous work shows dog-human friendly interactions can create a release in oxytocin in dogs,” MacLean said, “and when dogs interact with people, we see that their vasopressin levels go down over time.”
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