Well, Duh: Survey Finds Humans Are More Affectionate With Dogs Than With Other Humans

It’s National Love Your Pet Day, and as a dog parent, you do. A lot. Pawsibly even more than you love the humans in your life.

Now, there’s scientific evidence. A new survey of 1,450 American dog owners who are also in a relationship has concluded that humans are more affectionate with their dogs than with their significant others. Among the warm, fuzzy (hairy, slobbery) findings:

  • 81% of dog parents use a baby voice or puppy voice when they talk to their doggos.
  • 67% of devoted dog people gaze lovingly into their dogs eyes, and one-third of them say they gaze more often into their dog’s eyes than into their partner’s.
  • 47% cuddle their dog more often than their partner.
  • 53% would consider ending a relationship if their partner didn’t like dogs or was severely allergic.
  • One-third of dog parents say they plan their weekend around their dog and dog-friendly events and activities. (Pup yeah we do!)
  • And 24% admit they snap more photos with their dog than with their partner, family members, or friends. (We gotta keep Fido’s Instagram poppin’.)

Dog lovers also attract other dog lovers: 69% of ’em said knowing someone is a dog lover would make them more interested in dating them. A third of them regularly bring their pooches on dates. And 24% of millennial dog owners even admitted they’d continue a relationship or friendship because they liked the other person’s pup.

Heck, the woofers ruv us, too. Now if only they’d schlep their own poop bags.

(Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash)

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