Make sure you tell your dogs that you love them regularly, because they know when you do!
A new study by Canine Cottage discovered that dogs understand and physically react to the words 'I love you'.
The heart-warming study used monitors to track dogs' pulses through different activities. The researchers found that saying the specific phrase “I love you” to your dog excites the animal and elevates its heart rate. In contrast, cuddling your pet has a calming effect.
Snuggles with their human decreased dogs' resting heart rate by an average of 22.7%. These bodily responses to emotional stimuli are a two-way street.