Ah Love! It makes our hearts go pitter-patter, or skip a beat and guess what, it works the same for your dog!

A new study from Canine Cottages tracked the heart rates of dogs to find out what gets them excited when interacting with their owners. They found that on average, the animal’s heart was 67 beats per minute (bpm), but when they were told “I love you” by their owners their heart rates jumped up to 98 bpm.  Wow, that's a bump and even without bacon!

More than that, you dog's heart rates also decreased from 67 bpm to 52 bpm when being cuddled.. The study also notes that a dog curling up next to its owner, on their lap, or at their feet, is a clear and evident sign of love, because dogs only lean on people whom they feel comfortable with.

Dogs can also show love when they’re in pain by coming to someone they trust and holding up a paw or lying next to someone with their head in their lap.

Yahoo News reports  “It’s amazing to see that our dogs’ heart rates increase when they are told they are loved, showing excitement, and decreases when having cuddles, showing contentedness....from this data, we can now officially say that our dogs really do love us!”, says researcher Shannon Keary.