Oh, be still our hearts, if this is the most endearing new study reveal we've ever heard!
Canine Cottage conducted a study in which they had four different pups fitting with a special heart rate tracking collars. These collars indicate what gets the pups excited when interacting with their owners. Over the course of seven days, the average heart rate for the four dogs was 67 beats per minute.
When the dogs heard their owners tell them. "I love you," their average heart rate skyrocketed to 98 beats per minute!
Not only did the new findings reveal how much dogs adore being told "I love you," but it also revealed that cuddled can calm a dog's heart rate.
The dogs' heart rates decreased by 23% on average when being cuddled by their humans.
And the study also highlighted the different ways your dog is communicating its love for you. Some of the ways they express their love is by curling up next to its owner, at their feet or on their lap.
Another sign of love is when a dog brings you one of their toys. This act displays that they not only love you, but trust you.
Showing you their belly, or even sleeping on their back with their belly exposed is a sign of complete trust and comfort.
Destroying materialistic things. When their home alone and destroying your belongings, this isn't an act of aggression but rather one of love. They miss you and chewing releases endorphins that help dogs relax.