How Dogs Affect Owners’ Love Lives


Valentine’s Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean pet parents aren’t still crazy for their pups. In fact, a recent report shows just how much love there is between owners and dogs.


The Dogs and Love Survey from dog food brand Ollie found that dogs are a key source of emotional support for owners. A majority of pet parents (90 percent) said their pooch is a great source of stress relief. Most single owners (90 percent) said that their pup helped them feel less lonely while 75 percent of married respondents said their dog shows them the most affection.


When it comes to dating, dogs have a major influence on their owners’ love lives. Almost all (96 percent) wouldn’t date someone who isn’t a dog person. The dog’s opinion also matters. The survey found that pet parents wouldn’t go out with someone their dog doesn’t take a liking to. 


Cute pups are also great icebreakers—39 percent of people have brought their dog on a date, and 34 percent of singles said they’ve used their canine to try to meet someone. That’s actually a smart strategy, as 70 percent of single respondents say it’s a turn-on to have a pup in your profile picture.


Other pets may dampen your date-ability factor, though. Thirty-three percent of respondents said they’re less attracted to people with cats, and 35 percent said they’re less into people with birds.


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