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