A new study adds substance to the commonly-held belief that the company of a dog is more precious to some of us than the company of a human.
By, 2 May 2019
In February of this year (2019)Rover.com®, a Stateside network of pet sitters and dog walkers, released a report called The Truth about Dog People.
The vox pop study reveals astonishing facts about the ever-burgeoning love and affection we shower upon our canine friends.
The report gathered reponses from thousands of American dog owners and took into account 'scientific research on pet parents’ relationships with their dogs'.
Of the respondents' attitude to their pets, Brandie Gonzales of Rover.com, said: ‘They shower their dogs with attention and splurge on expensive gifts because their dog is their best friend, and they want to be their dog’s best friend too.'
‘Dog people are deeply concerned about their dog’s feelings and well-being. And we’re seeing that reflected in everything from how people name their dog to what they feed them, and the type of pet care they prefer.’
The big reveal (as if we didn’t already know)
• 25% of dog ‘parents’ bring the dog on a date.
• 65% admit to snapping more shots of their dog than their significant other
• 47% admit to finding it more difficult to leave their dog for a week
• 94% consider the pet dog to be ‘part of the family’
• 56% greet their dog before they greet significant humans
• 78% would be willing to include their dog in a wedding or a holiday
• 30% have cried because they had to leave their dog at home
• 56% celebrate a dog’s birthday
• 75% view their dog as a pick-me-up after a hard day.
24% of the population of Great Britain has a dog, which equates to around 8.9 million pet dogs countrywide. Without question the majority of dog owners regard their pet as one of the family and treat it with commensurate love and attention - even if that means reneging on human time!
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