Study Shows That A Simple “I Love You” From You Can Send Your Dog’s Heart Racing

There’s no denying the fact that dogs love humans unconditionally. But in a recent study conducted by Canine Cottages, researchers were able to quantify the profound impact of human company on dogs.

While the final result is not surprising at all, it does solidify the divine love shared between humans and their furry companions!

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The group conducting the study used heart rate tracking collars on 4 different dogs over 7 days to measure the fluctuations in their heartbeats.  

Toward the end of the study, they found the following activities to be the habitual factors behind a dog’s increased heart rate:

1. Kissing, licking or curling up to you

2. Tail wagging greetings

3. Attention drawing behavior like pawing at you, resting head on you, or bringing you their favorite toy

4. Asking for or getting belly rubs

5. Being protective toward you

6. Consoling you when you’re in pain

7. Jumping on you

8. Chewing your belongings

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While the chewing aspect can be fixed with some positive reinforcements and training, the list above is something many of us knew all along.

However, it’s the dog’s response to their human’s “I Love You” that’s totally mind blowing!

A dog’s average heartbeat is 67 beats per minute (bpm), but when they hear an “I Love You” from their human, it shoots up to 98 bpm!

Dogs get their high from a number of activities, but when it comes to decreasing their heart rate, nothing beats the old-school cuddling.

A simple snuggling session with their human makes dogs feel safe and calm, and their relaxed heartbeats drop down to a remarkable 52 bpm!

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This study also measured the heart rates of the dog owners. It was found that dogs have a similar effect on their owners, with many humans registering a 10 percent spike in heart rates on seeing their dog after a long time.

Looks like dogs are meant to be our best friends for eternity!

Click the video below to watch the fascinating findings of this fun study that measured dogs’ love for their humans.

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10 of the Smartest Dogs in the World:


A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.

Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.

1. German Shepherd

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No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.

2. Beagle

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Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.

3. Golden Retriever

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A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.

4. Border Collie

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Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.

5. Poodle


Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.

6. Belgian Malinois


A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.

7. Papillon

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Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.

8. Doberman


Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.

9. Bloodhound

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Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.

10. Australian Cattle Dog

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You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.

Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!

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