Any dog owner will tell you that their pooch knows when it’s time for a walk, a meal or a snuggle. But new research commissioned by Canine Cottages, shows just how much dogs love their owners.

Special heart rate tracking collars were fitted to four different dogs and the change in their heartbeat was tracked when owners interacted with them.

Combining the heart rate tracking data from the four dogs over seven days, their average heart rate was 67bpm

However, when their owners told their four-legged friends they loved them, their heart rate jumped by a huge 46% to 98bpm. Which just shows how excited they were to hear their owners voices.