You and Your Dog Might Have the Same Heartbeat

February 12, 2019
We all know how close dogs can be to the owners, and vice versa, but it may be a whole lot closer than you thought!

Every dog owner knows that their connection with their furry friend goes far beyond any scientific explanation. However, a while ago we learned that part of this connection can be explained by shared looks and a substance called oxytocin. In addition to this, we have the benefits to our physical and mental health. Now, today, we’re looking into the idea that you and your dog might have the same heartbeat.

Do dogs and their owners have the same heartbeat?

Dogs and their owners can share the same heartbeat.

According to a study conducted by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, dogs and their owners’ heartbeats can become synchronized. 

The experiment separated three dogs from their owners and then reunited them. The six participants were connected to cardiac monitors to evaluate their heartbeats.

When the dogs were reunited with their owners, the heart rate of both the humans and dogs dropped.

A study by scientists at an Australian University concluded that the heartbeat of dogs and owners tend to synchronize. Both the owner and pet showed decreased heart rates when they are together, which is beneficial for both owner and dog.

Synchronized and healthy hearts

The scientist in charge of the research, Mia Cobb, says that the study shows how a pet can help owners reduce stress. 

Cobb believes that if being near your pet decreases your heart rate, then this is a significant benefit to your health.

Now, with science saying it’s good for your health, if you don’t already have a dog, you should definitely consider getting one! Then, you can sync your heart rate to your new friend’s!

Like owners and dogs, couples also have the same heartbeat

In matters of the heart, we see similar patterns between two people in love and owners and their dogs.

According to a University of California study, couples’ breathing patterns and heart rates tend to sync just by being close to each other. They don’t even need to talk, nor touch each other.

A team of researchers studied 32 heterosexual couples who were connected to monitors to measure heart rate and breathing. This study also showed that women adjust their frequencies to men’s.

Benefits of having a dog

In addition to providing company and giving you unconditional love, it’s proven that dogs provide many physical and mental benefits to their human owners. This is true for babies, children, adults, or the elderly. This is always a good reminder of how much our dogs really do give us.

A dog not only helps you fight stress, but also helps to lessen the harmful effects it produces on the body.

Because of this, people who have a dog have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Dogs help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Also, dog owners have a better chance of survival if they suffer a heart attack.

Get a pet in your life

A woman holding puppies.

So, what are you waiting for? Get a dog! In addition to decreasing your heart rate and getting the same heartbeat as your dog, you’ll also get some of the following benefits:

  • Being happier
  • Decreasing feelings of depression and loneliness
  • Being motivated to perform more physical exercise
  • Improving your social life.
  • Helping your children to grow up healthier, happier, more sensitive, and more responsible.

So there you go. Adopt a dog and give him all the love and care he deserves. Trust us, your dog will know how to repay it. It will change both of your lives for the better. What are you waiting for?