Most dog owners love their pets more than anything in the world, and tell them so each and every day – multiple times, actually.
But did you know that dogs adore nothing more than being told you love them?
In fact, their heart rate increases by nearly 50% when told ‘I love you’ by their owners.
Using special heart rate tracking collars on four different dogs, dog-friendly holiday specialist Canine Cottages discovered how dogs’ heart rates are affected when their owners cuddle and tell them they love them.
The research – gathered over seven days – recorded the dogs’ average heart rate as 67 beats per minute, which jumped to 98bpm when their owner said they loved them – an increase of 46%.
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 it’s not just dogs who display physical changes to their human’s affection. The study also found that dog owners’ heart rate increased by around 10% when they saw their dog for the first time after being away from them.
Dogs have a number of different ways of showing us they love us, from cuddles to rolling around on their back.
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These are the five ways dogs show their owners they love them:
Cuddles : If your dog curls up next to you, on your lap or at your feet, he/she is saying they want to be as close to you as possible. Dogs will only cuddle in and lean on people they feel comfortable with, so it’s a sure sign of love.
Greetings: When you greet your dog, they will likely wave their tail back and forth, jump and wiggle because they love you and are happy to see you.
Generosity: Bringing you a toy is another way dogs show their love for you. Yes, they want to play, but they also trust you with their favourite thing and know that you will have fun with them.
Belly up: If a dog shows his belly to you, or sleeps on his back with his chest up, that’s a sign of perfect trust and love. It’s a vulnerable position for dogs because they are completely exposed and at the mercy of anyone who comes across them.
Coming to see you when they’re in pain: When our dogs come to us holding a paw up, or they feel a little under the weather so come and lay next to us with their head on our lap, it shows a great level of trust.
So, if your dog has done any of these things, it’s a sure sign that they’re telling you they love you.