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A dog’s heart rate increases when told ‘I love you’ by its owner

Research found it jumps by nearly 50%

Danielle Elton

Posted 6 months ago ago

A dog is so much more than a pet, they’re furry little bundles of love and we absolutely adore them.

As a community of dog lovers, we’re all completely obsessed with our furbabies - we’d shower them with hugs, kisses and ‘I love yous’ all day long if we could.

But do our dogs know how much we love them? And do they love us back?

Of course they do! And new research by CanineCottages backs that up (there was never any doubt).

Using special heart rate tracking collars on four different pooches, the study discovered how dogs' heart rates are affected when their owners cuddle and tell them they love them.

Combining the heart rate tracking data from the four dogs over seven days, their average heart rate was 67bpm. 

However, when their owners told their four-legged friends they loved them, their heart rate jumped by a huge 46% to 98bpm, which shows how excited and happy they were when told they were loved. Cute, right?

In comparison, when having cuddles with their owner, the average heart rate decreased by 23% from 67bpm to 52bpm, showing how relaxed and comfortable they were when getting affection from their owners.

And the same happens to us, just not as drastically.

The study also tracked the owners’ heart rates to see how much this compares with that of their pet, discovering their heart rate increased by 10% on average when they saw their dog after being away from them for a period of time. 

Although not as excitable as our pets, this still indicates how much we truly love our dogs.

Commenting on the research, Shannon Keary, Digital PR Manager at Canine Cottages, says: “In the UK we are a nation of dog lovers, but although we know how much we love our pets, we’ve never really known if, or how, or dogs show their affection for us, which is why we conducted this research.

“It’s amazing to see that our dogs' heart rates increase when they are told they are loved, showing excitement, and decreases when having cuddles, showing contentedness.

“From this data, we can now officially say that our dogs really do love us!”

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