Tuesday, 05 March 2019 04:10

Why TALKING "baby talk" to your DOG is GOOD for YOU

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If you were to hear me talk to my dog, Otis when I’m home alone, you’d probably think I’m nuts. That’s because every time I see those beautiful brown eyes of his, I start talking to him  in a voice that’s three octaves higher than mine, filled with cheesy terms of endearments, like “you're so handsome,” “yes you are...you're so smart," and “sweetie pie.” That’s right: baby talk.

 

It feels so good talking to my dog that way, that I decided to look into the scientific reason why we baby-talk, whether it’s to cute animals, babies, or even our significant others. Spoiler alert: there are quite a few fascinating reasons, and a lot of them have to do with hormones.

You get a literal high from talking "baby talk" to your pets.

According to Psychology Today dopamine is released when a loving mother exhibits attachment behaviors with her baby which translates into the following equation: human-mother and pet-baby. Yep, that means when you cuddle your pet and coo sweet nothing into his ear; you’re literally getting a high from baby-talking. This also happens with “phenylethylamine,” or the “love chemical,” which can make you feel a “rush”—as well as with oxytocin, the “cuddle, bonding” hormone.

Scientist and author Meg Olmert of the book Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond also confirms that a cuddle with your pup helps you bond with your pet and alleviate stress. It also boosts both your mood and long-term memory.

Your heart rate comes down, your blood pressure declines and it improves the ability of the heart to duck and dive in response to every day stressors.

All of the great reward chemicals and anti-stress chemicals such as opioids, adrenaline, and serotonin are released in both you and your pet.

So go ahead, baby talk to your dog. It will make you smarter and wiser.

If you were to hear me talk to my dog, Otis when I’m home alone, you’d probably think I’m nuts. That’s because every time I see those beautiful brown eyes of his, I start talking to him  in a voice that’s three octaves higher than mine, filled with cheesy terms of endearments, like “you're so handsome,” “yes you are...you're so smart," and “sweetie pie.” That’s right: baby talk.

It feels so good talking to my dog that way, that I decided to look into the scientific reason why we baby-talk, whether it’s to cute animals, babies, or even our significant others. Spoiler alert: there are quite a few fascinating reasons, and a lot of them have to do with hormones.

You get a literal high from talking "baby talk" to your pets.

According to Psychology Today dopamine is released when a loving mother exhibits attachment behaviors with her baby which translates into the following equation: human-mother and pet-baby. Yep, that means when you cuddle your pet and coo sweet nothing into his ear; you’re literally getting a high from baby-talking. This also happens with “phenylethylamine,” or the “love chemical,” which can make you feel a “rush”—as well as with oxytocin, the “cuddle, bonding” hormone.

Scientist and author Meg Olmert of the book Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond also confirms that a cuddle with your pup helps you bond with your pet and alleviate stress. It also boosts both your mood and long-term memory.

Your heart rate comes down, your blood pressure declines and it improves the ability of the heart to duck and dive in response to every day stressors.

All of the great reward chemicals and anti-stress chemicals such as opioids, adrenaline, and serotonin are released in both you and your pet.

So go ahead, baby talk to your dog. It will make you smarter and wiser.

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