Owning a dog can increase your happiness and well-being.

You may sense that hanging out with a dog or even looking at pictures of a dog gives your mood a boost, and there's proof that it does.

Dogs boost stress-reducing chemicals.

A chemical called oxytocin, which has been found to reduce stress, fight depression and create feelings of trust, increases significantly — for humans and dogs alike — when they spend as little as 30 minutes together. Glad the feeling is mutual!

Did you know?

Dog owners were found to experience a spike in oxytocin just from meeting their dogs' gazes.

You already know your dog makes your life better. Now you know some of the science behind your special connection.