Study Says We’d Rather Hang Out With Our Dogs Than Our Friends

posted: 01/17/18
by: Amanda Mushro
Closeup of happy owner woman kissing dog in autumn park

When it comes to making plans for the weekend, would you rather fill your social calendar with your friends or your dog? According to a new study, more than half of dog owners would happily turn down an invite from their human friends to spend quality time with their canine friends.

For the study, 2,000 American dog owners were asked about the bond they share with their pets and how this effects their lives. So when it comes to weekend plans, 6 out of 10 people surveyed said they would happily choose their dogs over time spent with friends. Dog lovers already know that their four-legged friends have been proven to lengthen their lives and your pup can help your kids be healthier too. So it's no wonder we would rather spend our free time with man's best friend.

But what happens when it comes to your partner? Is the saying "must love dogs" a deal breaker for love? For 80 percent of dog owners surveyed, that would be a definitive yes. If their partner did not like their dog, those surveyed said they would end the relationship. That ruff--see what I did there?

What is it about our dogs that makes us love them so much? Aside from unconditional love and sloppy kisses, dog owners feel like their pooches are good for their mental health. According to the study, 82 percent of dog owners noticed an improvement in their mental and emotional health. All these great feelings are attributed to our four-legged therapist. From breakups to the loss of a loved one, dog owners say it was the love of their dogs that got them through these difficult times in their lives.

From the extra exercise we get from walking our dogs to having someone always be excited every time we come home, the love of a dog is a powerful and therapeutic one. So the next time someone asks if you want to go out to grab dinner, don't feel bad if you choose a night of take-out and dog kibble instead.