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If you have a dog, go give him/her a nice big treat. Dogs will forever be man’s best friend. Greeting card marketplace, Thortful.com, studied the effects dogs have on humans just to see how much.

By using heart-rate trackers, sleep quality scores, and body temperature data, Thortful uncovered the true impact pooches have on humans. The quality of sleep improved, your temperature lowered, which results in a calmer state of mind, and your heart rate increased during playtime, releasing dopamine, all after just ten minutes of playing with a dog!

In regards to how a dog can lower your temperature by 1℃, Dr. Chinichian, explains that your dog can calm your nervous system and release feel-good hormones. This reduces stress on the body and improves the overall sense of calm.

Playing with a dog also boosts the levels of dopamine in the brain. The study revealed a person’s heart rate soared by a whopping 22% during playtime with a dog, which is set to boost your serotonin levels! Surely this proves it is not just our pooches that love a good playtime.

A little cuddle before bed with your pooch can improve your sleep by 32%. Of course, the longer the better, but if you struggle with sleep, like so many do, then perhaps petting a dog might be worth a try. So how do you let your dog know that you really love them? Here are some tips to show your pooch you love them just as much as they love you! To see more on this research click here.

  • Use a high-pitched voice

    Dogs are easy creatures, so when you keep your sentences shorts, like ‘play’, ‘hungry?’ and ‘walkies,’ they will usually respond in a good way. Don’t be scared of using a high-pitched voice, as dogs react better to this than a low voice.

  • Scratch them behind the ears!

    Did you know petting your dog softly behind their ears can make their brains release endorphins? This can help against any pains they might have, and is an intimate way for you to show them some affection!

  • Do something fun together!

    Go on a hike, or a run together! Anything where you can both build trust. Teach them tricks and train them while making sure to reward them well!

  • Make sure to spend some quality time together!

    Having a quiet, calm moment with your pooch is another way for you to show them affection. Let them cuddle up to you on the sofa, or the floor, and pet them softly so that they know you are there.