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. Hubba, hubba – looking for a love magnet, get a dog!
Looking For A Love Magnet, Get A Dog!
Okay, 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:
- 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. “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!
If 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!
 Penn Schoen Berland. Purina, Falling for Fido. 2016; Dr. Rebecca Johnson and ReCHAI team, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine
With lub, MattieDog, a little dog making a big impact in this world!®