It has been widely reported over the last 19 years that oxytocin plays a part in forming the positivity in the human-animal bond as the chemical is released during observations and interactions.
This post is about the success recently achieved with a young person who is on the autistic spectrum who was very phobic of dogs, known as cynophobia.
We spent a short amount of time with him, visits to the house and the park then lockdown started. During lockdown the family introduced a young Colllie called Cooper.
According to mum the transformation in her son has been incredible.
We think we can surmise that the release of oxytocin in this reciprocal relationship played a part in beating the flight/flight response and driving the calm/connect one.
Well done Cooper, Mum and Oxytocin!