Pooch vs Lover? Which Would You Choose?

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It’s no secret how much we love our dogs, so much so, we are likely to choose our dogs even above our significant other!  A couple weeks ago for National Dog Day, our team at Pooch Perks performed a new survey to see how far dog owners are willing to go for their four-legged companions. The results were shocking!

To our surprise we found that out of 1000 surveyed dog owners who are in relationships, 38% say that they love their dogs more than their partner.  A whopping 94% say it’s important that their dogs like their significant others (S.O.) and 91% said if their partner disliked or couldn’t get along with their dogs, it would cause problems in the relationship and even end it.

Why? Many dog owners claim that they trust their pets more than the closest people in their inner circle because their dogs never let them down. Their dog is their best friend and they value their pooch’s opinion.

There is a concept called “matching attachment” whereby people’s working models of their human relationships matches those they tend to create with their pets. Our dogs are more than just pets. They are companions who provide emotional support and joy in our lives — much in the way a spouse is meant to. So the fact that so many Americans would choose their dog over their partner may not come as a surprise to those of us who would do anything for our pups.

Indeed, if dog owners place their human relationships on the same level with their pets, we are looking at a situation equivalent to “BFF vs Spouse.” Another example might be introducing your boyfriend to one of your closest family members, except this family member, your dog, is living with you. The attachment concept also explains why we tend to buy equal or greater amount of presents for our pooches than for our significant others. What’s wrong in spoiling the ones we love?

But, why choose?  Maybe we can just make sure that our four-legged BFF and our S.O. get along.  Try these helpful tips to get your dog used to the new two-legged love in your life of the human variety:

  • Take Your Dog Out:  It is likely you and your dog have a natural daily routine that has now been disrupted by your new significant other.  This will leave your dog feeling jealous and even resentful.  Take your dog on walk with your new S.O. and even on a date once in awhile.  Find pet friendly restaurants or other destinations where you can all enjoy time together.  If your dog starts having fun with your new beau his opinion of the intrusion may change.
  • Compromise: Every relationship requires a little compromise (some more than others).  Find a middle ground that works for both your S.O. and your pooch where everyone can find a happy medium.
  • Follow through: Once you agree on the house rules for your dog, follow them all the time! Dogs require routine and consistency to avoid acting out or signs of jealous behavior. The better you yourself follow the rules, the faster your pooch gets used to the new person, and the happier you all are!

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