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We as Shih Tzu Fanz and lovers already know it about our cute little furry friends: they are family.
And we treat them like family. They are very personable and want to be included in whatever is going on.
They love to be with family.
We give them lots of love. And they return that love to us 10 fold.
In short, they love being with us, and we love being with them.
Research has shown additional benefits of being with your Shih Tzu apart from the mutual love: a reduced heart rate, a stronger immunity and higher self-esteem.
And recently a new phenomenon can be added to that list: heart rate synchronicity!
According to Mia Cobb, a canine scientist:
There was a really strong coherence in the heart rate pattern of both the owner and dog. Upon being reunited within the first minute, each heart rhythm became almost directly aligned and we saw a reduction straight away.
Cobb and Dr. Craig Duncan ran an experiment which set out to prove that stress, a significant issue in today’s society, can melt away by simply being around your dog.
Continue reading on the next page what happened during the experiment.