Get pettin’ for quick lovin’
Looking for love or want to make new friends? We suggest you get a dog. A canine companion can dramatically help you expand your social network, as well as act as a stress-buster.
A recent study has found that almost half of Britons (46%) think loving animals makes a person more attractive, with women more likely to be attracted to animal lovers (49%) than men (40%). The survey of more than 2,000 British adults also found that pet owners were perceived to have positive character traits.
Around a third (32%) of Britons surveyed said they thought someone with a dog was more likely to be loyal, compassionate and kind.
But it was not just romance that dogs can help out with. Almost half (46%) of people surveyed found that walking a dog was one of the easiest ways to making friends.
It may explain why 29% of dog owners have reportedly met lifelong friends while walking their pets. The survey, conducted by Direct Line, isn’t the first to suggest that dogs can help humans make connections with each other.
A previous study from the Tufts University in the US found that people who have strong connections to their pets also have social and relationship benefits. The researchers surveyed 500 people between the ages of 18 and 26, and found that those who had “strong attachment to pets reported feeling more connected to their communities and relationships”.