Dog Dividends

Dogs are great companions for humans, In fact, their company can pay real dividends in better emotional well-being – and even a better love life.

According to the results of a new survey from Purina, dogs are not just our best friends, but also counselors, confidants, bunk mates, stress relievers, and overwhelmingly viewed as part of the family.

Purina surveyed 1,000 dog owners, and found that:

  • 95 percent view their dog as part of the family.
  • 62 percent said their dog helps them de-stress after a long day at work.
  • 55 percent believe their dog provides emotional comfort after receiving bad news.

The survey also found dogs have helped 15 percent of men gain the attention of the opposite sex, while half of all women surveyed said they preferred time with their dog over time with their partner and/or other family members.

Among Millennials age 18 to 34 years old, 56 percent said they have purchased birthday cakes for their dogs, and 77 percent said they feed their dogs before they feed themselves.

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