When is the last time you told your dog that you love them? A study which came out recently found that dogs understand and physically respond to this adoring phrase. The Canine Cottage conducted the study which measured canine bodily reactions and found that dogs heart rates increased by 46.2% on average when told, “I love you.”
The scientists used devices to monitor the dogs’ pulses through a variety of activities. The researchers found that saying “I love you” to your dog excites the animal, resulting in an elevated heart rate. On the flip side, cuddling up with your pup has the inverse effect–calming their heart rate by 22.7% on average. The study also found that human heart rates increased by 10.4% when they saw their dogs, adding to the body of science explaining why dogs are mans best friend.
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You can find more puppy love facts on Canine Cottage’s website. And don’t forget to tell your pup you love them today and make their heart jump for joy.
Dogs recognize and become delighted by expressions of love, while cuddling and petting calm dogs and lower their heart rate.
Upon seeing a dog, humans heart races increase, showing that the biological reaction goes both ways. They truly are mans best friend.