Study: Dogs Recognize The Words “I Love You”

It looks like dogs may realize when their owner tells them "I love you."

Canine Cottages' new study followed four dogs for a week while tracking their heart rates. When the owners told their dogs they loved them, the dog's heart rates increased on average 46-percent. The study also found dogs' heart rate decreases by 23-percent on average when they cuddled with their owners.

If you want to know how dogs say “I love you back, veterinarianDr. Heather Venkatsays it happens with these actions:

  • A dog curling up next to its owner
  • Wagging their tail when being greeted
  • Bringing a toy to the owner, which signals trust
  • Showing their pet parent their tummy
  • While in pain, they go to their owner