Cuddling and petting your dog has many benefits, according to scientific studies. Dogs are pack animals that need physical touch and bonding for happiness, just like humans. Interacting with your dog releases oxytocin in both you and your pet, the "love hormone" that builds relationships. Cuddling can also lower cortisol levels, reducing stress and the risk of stroke. It may alleviate depression, anxiety, and pain, and even help produce insulin. And let's not forget that dogs are cute and deserve love and care. For every moment of cuddling, they offer a lifetime of loyalty and respect.