How Modern Dog Owners Show Their Love


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Who do you turn to when you’re angry or sad? A significant other? A friend? According to a new survey, many pet parents (44 percent) are most likely to seek comfort from their dog when they’re feeling down.

 

The report from Wag!, a leading dog walking and dog sitting app, surveyed more than 2,000 owners about their relationships with their canine companions for National Dog Appreciation Day.

 

Almost 40 percent of respondents also said that the household member they shower with love and affection the most is their dog. That’s more than children (31 percent) and spouses (23 percent).

 

Owners express this love for their pets in unique ways. About one-third of pet parents would consider getting a tattoo in honor of their dog, while 15 percent are already inked. The most popular choices included paw prints (45 percent), pet portraits (27 percent) and pet names (26 percent).

 

With such a strong bond between owners and pets, it’s understandable that any separation can cause worry. That’s probably why 19 percent of survey respondents said they’ve purchased a gadget that allows them to periodically check in on their pet while they’re away from home.

 

As members of the family, pups today even get birthday celebrations. Sixty percent of survey respondents said they buy their dog a present, and 80 percent said they give their pet a special treat or meal. A quarter of owners even throw their dog a birthday party.

 

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