Your dog’s tail likely wags when you come home from a long day of work, and they probably want to sit with you while you lounge on the couch. Turns out, dogs’ heart rates increase when you say I love you, meaning those cuddle sessions aren’t their only way to show love.
Canine Cottages, a U.K.-based service that helps find dog-friendly holiday lodging, conducted a study that hooked four dogs up to heart monitors for seven days to measure their reactions to certain scenarios. The monitors found that when a dog’s owner told them, “I love you,” the pups’ heart rates increased by 46.2%. But it wasn’t the only discovery. The service also found that owners’ heart rates increased by 10.4% when they saw their dog after being away for the day.
Heart rate isn’t the only way a dog shows affection. Canine Cottages also ran down other ways your pup could be letting you know that they love you including classic moves like giving kisses and wagging their tail to less traditional means like begging and showing you their belly.
If you want to discover all the ways your pup returns your affection, you can check out all the results over at Canine Cottage.