International Dog Day is celebrated annually on August 26 and encourages dog ownership of all breeds, irrespective of their pedigree. The day celebrates mutts, mixes, pure breeds and pooches of every kind possible.
Considered to be man’s best friend, it is no secret that dogs make us happy. Scientists believe that a major source of people’s positive reactions to pets comes from oxytocin, a hormone whose many functions include stimulating social bonding, relaxation and trust and easing stress. Notably, as per a research paper published in ScienceDirect has shown that when humans interact with dogs, oxytocin levels increase in both species. Furthermore, a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology revealed that pet owners exhibited greater self-esteem and were more physically fit than non-owners.