How Owning a Dog Can Help You Find Love

A couple with a dog

There are many benefits to owning a dog. They teach you responsibility, improve your physical and mental health, and comfort you with unconditional love when you need it most. But there’s another benefit you might not realize: Owning a dog can help you find love.

Dogs Make You More Attractive
It’s true, dog owners are seen as more attractive than non-dog owners. According to research conducted by Dogs Trust, among 700 respondents, 60% think someone is more attractive when they have a dog. Talk about an instant confidence boost for your next walk with Fido!

Dogs Make You More Approachable
Dogs are natural conversation starters; the social nature of getting outside and walking a dog increases the number of people you interact with on a daily basis. Think about it: People are drawn to dogs they see on the street or at the park, and often stop to pet them or chat with their owners. Have you ever stopped to say hi to a dog and struck up a conversation with its owner in the process? It’s easy to turn that quick exchange into a more formal introduction.

Dogs Make You More Lovable
Being a dog owner is more than just a conversation starter; it also may be an indicator of what kind of romantic partner you’ll be. A study conducted among 2,000 adults in the U.K. revealed that about one third of people think a dog owner will be more loyal, compassionate, and kind. It also indicated that pet owners are seen as having more positive character traits. Those are some of the most important things people look for in potential mate, and work in favor of dog owners. Because dog owners are perceived in such a positive way, it’s no wonder they’re more likely to find love.

Dogs Make You More Able to Love
Another survey, conducted by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, surveyed 500 people ages 18-26. It found that pet owners who had a strong attachment to their furry friends feel more connected in their romantic and personal relationships. The same survey determined that the more attached pet owners were to animals as teenagers, the more empathetic they are as an adult. So not only are dog owners perceived as great partners because of their dogs—in many cases, they truly are great partners because of their dogs.

Of course, dogs can help you form non-romantic relationships as well. They’re a great icebreaker to help you make friends. Let’s say you just moved to a new city and are looking for opportunities to socialize. The dog park is the perfect place to meet people! You’ll be surrounded by fellow dog lovers who you already have something in common with. It’s easy to take it from there.

The next time you’re walking your pup, if you see someone you’d like to get to know better, just walk their way and strike up a conversation about your pets. Ask the dog’s name, age, or breed. Remember: With your dog by your side, you’re already being perceived as confident and attractive. Why not embody that confidence and strike up a friendly conversation? You never know where it may lead you!

Elizabeth Entenman

Freelance Writer

Elizabeth is a freelance writer, editor, and advertising copywriter in Brooklyn. Right now, she’s probably somewhere Instagramming her dogs.

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