Benefit of owning a dog is that they help us with our sense of belonging
Dog owners report having higher self-esteem, being more conscientious and having a much higher bounce back rate after being rejected or broken up with. A recent survey by Dog trust found that you are 85% more approachable with a dog by your side and 60% of people find dog owners more attractive.
How do dogs help us with feelings of belonging?
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This study found that dog owners had greater self-esteem, were more conscientious and less fearful. That dog owners enjoyed a better well-being and dogs helped their owners overcome rejection much faster. The study concluded that dogs provided many positive psychological and physical benefits for their owners.
Dog Trust conducted a survey or 700 people and found that 60% (420) of those people said that dog owners are more attractive and 85% (595) of people said that you are more approachable if you have a dog or puppy with you! Puppies were the best conversation starts and over a third of the people were attracted to mutts. Dogs are the 21st-century cupid!