Irish Vet Questions Research Theory Dogs’ Eyes Can Tear With Happiness When Their Owners Return

An Irish vet has questioned a new research theory that says dogs’ eyes can water with happiness when their owners return home.

The findings – by a Japanese research team – have sparked debate about the exact emotional connections between dogs and their owners.

Tipperary vet Mairead Leahy warned that people shouldn’t “humanize” dogs and look for traits in their beloved pets that don’t actually exist.

Ms Leahy, who works with Arra Vets in Tipperary Town, said there was also debate as to whether dogs’ eyes widening was due to adrenaline rather than oxytocin, which the researchers had focused on.

The key is whether dogs get an emotional trigger when their owners return home and create oxytocin, the bliss-love chemical, or are excited and excited by the return and the prospect of a hug, a walk, or even feed, causing them to generate adrenaline instead.

“I think we can humanize. I don’t think they experience such emotions as we do. They’re very black and white,” she told TippFM.

“They’re not at home and they’re like, ‘Oh, I’m going to pee in her room because she’s gone.’ I don’t believe that (some kind of emotional connection) myself.

“Well, there is ‘jealousy’ between dogs, but I wouldn’t call it jealousy. They’re both fighting for the same source – they both want your love, they want your food.”

Ms Leahy said the world is much more black and white for dogs – compared to nuanced shades of gray for humans.

“I don’t think they make plans and plan. We’d let a lot of dogs home here – we’d see the shaky butts and pure happiness, but I haven’t experienced that.”

Ms Leahy said there was a natural tendency for people to “humanize” their pets, particularly beloved dogs.

In many cases, a specific intelligent lapdog behavior such as tail wagging, licking, whining, and standing at a door is aimed at evoking a specific learned outcome, including a walk, food, or treat.

The Japanese research was conducted by Takefumi Kikusui, a professor at the Laboratory of Human-Animal Interaction and Reciprocity at Azabu University.

He wanted to study dog ​​tears after observing one of his Standard Poodles when she had a litter of puppies six years ago.

Prof. Kikusi noticed that the mother dog’s eyes watered when she was nursing her puppies.

“We found that dogs shed tears associated with positive emotions,” said Prof. Kikusui.

The research results were published in the renowned journal Current Biology.

The Japanese team said they believed it was oxytocin, or the bliss-love chemical, to blame.

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