Turns out that when you tell your dog you love them, it registers to them as positive affirmations and they react to it by raising their heart rates. There are many benefits of having a dog on both a human’s mental and physical health and it turns out, there are benefits for the pup as well.
Shannon Keary is a campaign manager at Canine Cottages, the company that conducted the experiment that found out about the dog’s increased heart rate. In a statement, she said, “It’s amazing to see that our dogs’ heart rate increases when they are told they are loved, showing excitement, and decreases when having cuddles, showing contentedness.”
In the experiment, they hooked up dogs to measure their heart rates when put in different scenarios. As it turns out, their heart rates increase 46.2% when they’re told “I love you.” For humans, when they see their dogs their heart rate increases by 10.2%, and cuddling a dog relaxes them and decreases their heart rate by 22.7%.
Dogs show their love in a couple of different ways and Canine Cottages listed a top 10 list of ways that dogs show love includes but is not limited to: cuddling, showing the belly, begging, licking, kissing, jumping up, and greeting.
They also say that if a dog is chewing on your stuff, it also might be a sign of endearment. Usually, when a dog is left alone, they look for something that smells like their owners and chews on it to release endorphins, relaxing your dog. Next time that happens, tell your dog you love them.