In a new study conducted by a UK company, Canine Cottages, four different dogs were fitted with unique heart rate tracking collars. The collars show what gets them excited when they’re with their owners.
By combining the heart rate tracking data from the four dogs over seven days, their average heart rate was 67 bpm. But when the dogs were told “I love you” by their owners, the pup’s heart rates went up 46% to 98 bpm.
The research also showed that cuddling calms a dog’s heart rate. According to the study, the dogs’ heart rates decreased by 23% on average from 67 bpm to 52 bpm while being cuddled.
There are many ways that your pup shows their love.
- When a dog curls up next to its owner, on their lap or at their feet, it is a clear sign of love because pups only lean on people they trust and feel comfortable with.
- When you come home, your pup acts like you’ve been gone for weeks. They will wag their tail back and forth and jump to show their love and excitement.
- Dogs also show affection by bringing you a toy, indicating that they trust you enough to play with them.
- If a dog sleeps on its back with its chest up, it’s a sign of trust and love. These pups trust you enough to put themselves in such a vulnerable position.
- Food is a high priority for most dogs. After eating, with a full tummy, your dog wants to give you puppy love by cuddling.
- Another special way your pup shows love is by sleeping with their head or paw on your knee or foot.
- Direct eye contact is another sign. When your fur baby looks directly into your eyes, he’s letting you know how important you are to him.
So shower your dog with positive words telling them how much you love them and it will come back to you many times over.