If you feel as though your dog is sick, something is wrong, or if you just want to see how your little buddy is doing, you may want to check the heart rate. Well, checking the heart rate of a dog is not quite as simple and straightforward as with human being. That being said, it is not all that difficult either. Let’s go over some of the easiest ways on how to check a dogs heart rate and what to look for.

Where To Look For The Heart Beat

There are a couple of different places that you can check for your dog’s heart rate. No, they are not the same places as with human beings, so hold on to your hats. Always use your pointer and middle fingers to check for the pulse. Do not use your own thumb because you might push too hard, in which case the heart beat you end up feeling will be your own.

  • One good place to check for your dog’s pulse you can put your fingers on his chest, low down near the elbow joint. You should be able to feel it there.
  • Another good place to check for your dog’s pulse is on the inside of the thigh. You can use two fingers and place on them on the inside of the thigh where the legs connect to the body. You should be able to feel the heart beat there as well.

A Normal Pulse For A Dog

Just so you know, for a dog, a normal pulse is anywhere from 70 to 180 beats per minute. You can always just measure how many beats there are in 15 seconds and then multiply that number by 4 to get the total beats per minute. Keep in mind that larger dogs will have slower pulses, with puppies usually having the fastest pulses, which can be up to 220 beats per minute. Don’t be alarmed if the pulse gets faster or slower if your dog is breathing heavily. It is normal for the pulse to change slightly as your dog inhales and exhales.


At the end of the day, checking your dog’s pulse is not so hard. If you do realize something out of the ordinary, you should go to a vet. A heart beat that is too slow or too fast could be a sign of more serious health issues, so don’t hesitate to get it checked out.