In a new study conducted by Canine Cottages, four different dogs were outfitted with special heart rate tracking collars and put through a series of scenarios to show what gets them excited when interacting with their owners.
By tracking the heart rate data from the four dogs over seven days, they found that their average heart rate was 67 bpm.
Here’s how the animals responded to three stimuli:
When the canines were told “I love you” by their owners, their heart rates increased 46%, from 67 bpm to 98 bpm.
While the dogs were being cuddled by their owners their heart rates decreased by 23% on average from 67 bpm to 52 bpm.
And just seeing their humans also caused a 10% increase in heart rate, from 67 bpm up to 74 bpm.
Canine Cottages also tracked the owners’ heart rates to compare how much they love their pets. The results showed that their heart rates similarly increased by 10% on average when they saw their dog after being away from them for a period of time.
They also shared how dogs show their affection with a list of ten habits.
- Licks and Kisses are how dogs show their appreciation.
- Cuddles are a dog saying they want to be as close to you as possible. They only do this with people they are comfortable with.
- Greetings, if they greet you, jump up and down and wag their tail, it means they love you.
- Begging, when done for your attention, can mean that they are after the affection and attention of their favourite person.
- Generosity means they bring you their favourite thing and bring it to you. That means they trust you and want to have fun with you.
- Laying on their back with belly up means they trust you completely and are comfortable being vulnerable with you.
- Loyalty is the instinct of the dog in the pack. If they get aggitated by someone in your space its because they care about you.
- Jumping up is a sign of affection, because when they are excited your dog might be trying to take all of your smells in and that means getting up in your face. Try to be patient with them.
- Chewing your things; this one has two sides, if they are chewing or stealing your things when you are around it means they want your attention. If they are doing it while you are away it means they miss you and are sad.
- Coming to you when in pain. Your dog knows you are there to help them and if they are feeling unwell their trust in you brings them to you.
To read more, see the study results.