Science Behind Pets by Spencer Guffey
Pets have been around for a long time. They have been human’s companion for several hundred years.
According to www.britannica.com, “The history of pets is intertwined with the process of animal domestication, and it is likely that the dog, as the first domesticated species, was also the first pet.” Animal domestication has been going on for so many years, and it's still going on to this day.
Animal domestication started over 15,000 years ago according to www.amnh.org, starting with canines. The main reason why animal domestication started was for warriors to get help in hunting with wolves. These warriors would lose some of their people while hunting because of larger prey items. Having wolves made them lose less people but if anyone was lost it was most likely the wolves, which could be bred to make more.
In the modern world pets are kept for emotional purposes, medical services, or just to have them. Studies show that having a dog around can release oxytocin in our bodies and the dogs. More studies even show that dogs can detect cancer and death in humans before doctors can, which is why many hospitals have trained dogs to sense those kinds of things.
“My pets make me happy because they are funny and super sweet.” said Junior Katy Shaffer.
This is an extremely common emotion associated with pets because of peoples attachments to them. When people become attached, they possess a deeper love and understanding of their pets.
“I feel much more relaxed and happy.” said Mrs. Burger about her cat and dog.
Some pets, like dogs, can cause chemical reactions in both the person and the animal. This can be described as the stare of love from your animals. The stare that makes you feel amazing and so happy. This stare is what can cause a release of oxytocin in your body and your animals body. People with who get regularly anxious also report their animals helping them calm down and refocus.
Many pets are considered family but most people, which can further increase the love people have for them. To a lot of people, the love and acceptance from their pets is a lot. People feel like pets actually listen to their problems and connect with them. This causes many people to tell their close friends and relatives about their pets, inclining those people to get pets.
“I feel relaxed and happy when I am with my pets.” said Junior Michael Dorn.
Having a pet can greatly help people with their health, mentally and physically. No matter what kind of pet, whether it reacts to you as well, they can help people.