People Admit Sometimes Rather Spend Time with Dogs than Friends

It’s no secret that most dog owners love their dogs, and it turns  out, they love them so much they’d rather spend time with their  four-legged friends than their two-legged counterparts.

A new survey of 2,000 dog owners finds that 51% admit they sometimes  skip out on being social in order to spend time with their pooches,  while 75% don’t like to be away from their dogs at all. And while you  think people are missing out on companionship by not going out with  other people, it seems most dog owners are getting plenty of that from  their four-legged family member.

  • Overall, 60% of dog owners say their pooch takes care of them in  some way, with 82% of people saying their mental and emotional health  has improved because of their dog.
  • What’s more, 40% of dog owners say they’ve leaned on their pet as  they were dealing with the loss of a loved one, and 20% have gotten  through a breakup better because of their pooch.
  • But that’s not all, 81% of owners say they talk to their dog like  they’re a friend, with owners who are single twice as likely to discuss  their relationship issues with their dog. 
  • And dogs are also apparently good for owners’ overall health, with  two-thirds of those polled saying their dog helps them keep their  exercise routine, with 62% saying their dog gets them out of the house  for a walk at least two times a day and 68% saying their health has  improved because of it. 

Source: New York Post