The therapeutic effect of the mutual dog gaze

From this Scientific American article, Is the Gaze from Those Big Puppy Eyes the Look of Your Doggie's Love?  come this quote:

 “Many studies find that positive interactions between people and dogs can be beneficial for both species. Increases in β-endorphin (beta-endorphin), oxytocin and dopamine—neurochemicals associated with positive feelings and bonding—have been observed in both dogs and people after enjoyable interactions like petting, play and talking. “

They found that oxytocin increased measurably for both dog and human when they spent time looking into each other’s eyes – a mutual gaze.  Mydogs spend a good part of their day sleeping and another part of their day with their eyes glued to me. I often return the gaze and for me the novelty never wears off.  They are also a relentless force for inducing smiles. Every day, several times a day, they make me and others smile. They make frequent visits to  Austin Personal Training and the  occasional guest appearance at New Orleans Personal Training. Feel free to stop by and be mesmerized by their gaze.