More than half of American dog owners admit they flake out on social events to hang out with their pet, according to new research.
The study of 2,000 dog owners found skipping out on human commitments specifically to get a bit of quality furry friend time is a common occurrence.
That bond is understandable given the way they aid our mental health — from their ability to lessen relationship stress to softening bad days at work and more, the average dog gets their owner through nearly five (4.83) stressful events every week.
The results emerged from Link AKC, creators of a smart collar for dogs that pinpointed the mental, physical and emotional health bonuses of dog ownership and found many owners say their pet genuinely aided their ability to get over a breakup or handle the death of a loved one.
In fact, six in 10 survey takers said their dog often takes care of them in some way, shape or form, reinforcing the important two-way relationship between dogs and humans.
According to the study, 82 percent of dog owners noticed an improvement in their mental and emotional health thanks to their four-legged therapist.
Man and woman’s best friend has proven to be a reliable furry shoulder to cry on during major life events, as four in 10 respondents said they leaned on their pet to get through the loss of a loved one.
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