Looking For A Love Magnet, Get A Dog!

Looking For A Love Magnet, Get A Dog!

Now that Valentine’s Day is in our collective rearview mirrors, let’s be honest….could your love life use a little boost? Or how about your just a shy person. Well, some good news came out this last week that points to pets being good for all matters of the heart. Staying current on all matters relative to exploring the human-animal bond, you can imagine my interest in a new survey that found 50 percent of respondents saying that they have found pets to be beneficial in helping strike up a conversation with someone they are interested in[1]. Hubba, hubba – looking for a love magnet, get a dog!

Looking For A Love Magnet, Get A Dog!

Looking for a love magnet, get a dog! A fun look at how dogs can help you become a more socially connected human - by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogOkay, so while love is important, getting a dog to expand your circles of intimacy is not a good idea in and of itself – unless of course you are a true animal lover. While that ‘special someone’ may come and go, your dog never should – so, be in it for real before you think of adding a pet to your life. So let’s say your good with all of that, and you and Fido are scootched up together on your sofa perusing Match.com… and your wondering to yourself, “hmmmm….what did that survey find out about pets and potential love interests?” Here you go, the survey found[2]:

  • 54 percent of people have found their pet as an instant conversation starter with someone they are interested in
  • 63 percent of people are likely to date someone who has a pet
  • Nearly 6 out of 10 surveyed say that they are likely to consider a person with a dog more attractive
  • 88 percent believe dogs are great to help meet people
  • 1 in 3 people would want to meet up with or talk to someone that has their pet in their dating website photo
  • 33 percent of men agree single pet owners have a greater chance of getting a date on Valentine’s Day than non-pet owners

“Not only do pets serve as a great conversation starter, but studies have also shown that pets can help release ‘feel good’ hormones in humans, including high levels of oxytocin also known in some circles as the ‘love hormone’,” said Dr. Zara Boland, Purina veterinarian[3]. “Whether it’s making friendly conversation or taking the first step in finding long-lasting love, pets create wonderful opportunities for people to connect on a vast spectrum of different levels.”

Be Prepared for Friends and Who Knows What!

Looking for a love magnet, get a dog! A fun look at how dogs can help you become a more socially connected human - by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogIf you are already a pet parent and happily married like I am, let’s just put this out there – no one is knocking down my door for a love connection. What does happen though is our dogs often serve as a conduit to engaging total strangers in happy, friendly conversation. Dog lovers, well… we love dogs and thus we tend to like people who love their dog! Simple math really. “Pets are the perfect companion and can open many doors for their owners,” said Dr. Boland. “Knowing that they can positively impact our social and romantic lives is just another great example of why pets and people are better together.”

So yes, if you are looking for a love magnet, get a dog! Make sure that you love dogs first and foremost and can care for that animal for the rest of their life – and then put your heart out there. Like I said, dog lovers tend to be good people and dog lovers like dog lovers. So once you’ve settled in with your newly adopted pup, be prepared to meet all sorts of new and interesting people. Often times, love happens in the least likely of places!

[1][2] Penn Schoen Berland. Purina, Falling for Fido. 2016; [3]Dr. Rebecca Johnson and ReCHAI team, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

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Rebecca Sanchez is a nationally recognized leader in the human-animal bond. Known as "The Pet Lifestyle Guru™" at MattieDog (her heart dog)! Rebecca is an award winning writer that blogs about her life with her doggos, and sometimes about her husband who reluctantly agrees to participate in her shenanigans. Rebecca's work can be seen in numerous dog magazines, and in her books on Amazon.

43 Comments

  1. I agree! There is nothing better than a dog to start a conversation between strangers!

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  2. I think that dogs are such good judges of character. I don’t really have a strong interest in getting to know people who are grossed out by dogs. It just wouldn’t fit my lifestyle and interest. I totally agree that dogs are great conversation starters!

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  3. Dogs are love magnets and love generators. The attract our love and inspire us to be loving.

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  4. I love spreading the love to all I meet! Great post and have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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  5. Dogs are definitely love magnets – all kinds of love, not just the romantic kind. Having said that, I always joke that if I knew what a guy magnet a dog was I would have dragged my family’s dog around with me everywhere when I was young & single, LOL! Fun post!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    • Ha ha ha!! I had our family dog with me everywhere I went – course it was a small, tiny town and I’m not sure there was much there for my dog to help attract to me!!
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  6. Totally plus I think one of the most amazing things about having a dog is when you arrive in a new city or town and go to a dog park every welcomes you and that is a wonderful feeling 🙂
    Me and Layla
    Layla’s Woof

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  7. I definitely think pets can be love magnets. That’s actually how I met my husband. He was out walking his cute dog. 😀

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  8. I think dogs are terrific ice breakers. We can’t take Bentley and Pierre anywhere without having conversations about them with strangers.

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  9. Just yesterday I met a new friend on a walk with my dog. I never would have met her if we both weren’t walking our dogs. We ended up walking together for a few miles and besides getting great exercise, I made a new friend.

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  10. I am happily married to my college sweetheart, but having moved away from our hometowns and our college town, we left behind all our friends. Its hard fonding friends when you both have careers that work with older people or people who have kids. (No lids and not planning on them)

    Thankfully we have our pups, and since we’ve been frequenting the local dog parks we have felt comfortable branching out and talking to people, and dare i say…making friends.

    Its amazing what a dog can do!!!

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  11. Dogs are a great way of starting a conversation amongst people you haven’t met before… funnily enough whenever I go for a walk now I can always recall the dog’s names – their human’s names are harder to remember.

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  12. This is so great and perfect.
    I’m quite shy in person, which is why I blog.
    But going somewhere new or around people I’m not comfortable with yet, you’ll find me plopped down on the floor with the dog talking and playing with it. I can get more comfortable with an animal in between me and a new person.

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    • Don’t are wonderful for helping bridge discussion – they love unconditionally!

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  13. So true! Great blog post

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  14. Confirms research we did writing Pippy Love (our rom com script) and Back Seat Barkers. Dogs can be great for your social life.

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  15. I have met so many great people (of course, they’re dog people) when out with Henry and Reese. Perhaps I should have adopted a dog when I was single! Just kidding hubby, wouldn’t trade you for the world ; )

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    • Ha! This made us laugh out loud!

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  16. They sure are. I know so many more folks in this world because of my dog: including you, friend. Great post.

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    • So true – dogs make the world a much better place!

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  17. I saw a couple today in the park walking their dogs and they were certainly on a date. You could tell they were super happy taking their dogs for a walk and sharing that together. I totally believe dogs are love magnets!

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    • Wow, how sweet to have seen that!

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  18. Dogs are definitely an easy way to start up a conversation for sure so it’s an easy way to meet new people. Great post!

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    • Thanks – we went to the dog park today and this post kept coming in to my mind because of all of the great people we were meeting!

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  19. Pets give you unconditional love! I know I love coming home to Truffle and Brulee and they always seem excited to see me.

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    • Isn’t that wonderful – pets truly are the best!

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  20. Okay…so I have three totally adorable dogs and I talk to lots of folks when we are out and about but haven’t scored a date yet 😉 I’m thinking maybe there’s an opportunity for someone to start a little match making service on the side…happy to be your beta tester 😉

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    • That’s an awesome idea!! Maybe have some collars made that says: My Mom Available For Dates! 🙂

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