Dog owners spend more time cuddling their pets than their partners on Valentine's Day: Report

Out of those who were polled, almost half have planned a celebration for their pooch for Valentine's Day that includes buying them new outfits or baking them a special treat.


                            Dog owners spend more time cuddling their pets than their partners on Valentine's Day: Report

There is now a reason why people love spending time with their dogs and why its called puppy love. Rover, which is an online resource for booking pet sitters and dog walkers, decided that they wanted to find out how deep into their database puppy love actually goes. The company recently released a report in tribute of Valentine's Day and called it "The Real Power of Dog Love".

The company recently released a report in tribute of Valentine's Day and called it "The Real Power of Dog Love". (Getty Images)
The company recently released a report in tribute of Valentine's Day and called it "The Real Power of Dog Love". (Getty Images)

In the report, Rover asked more than 1,400 dog owners in the US, who are dating or in a relationship, about how close they were to their dogs and how they compare that relationship to that with their partners. The responses in the report, as dog lovers may have guessed, showed that the person has deeper love or love equal to that they have for their partner.

The responses in the report showed that the person has deeper love or love equal to that they have for their partner.(Source: iStock by Getty Images)
The responses in the report showed that the person has deeper love or love equal to that they have for their partner.(Source: iStock by Getty Images)

Out of those who were polled, almost half have planned a celebration for their pooch for Valentine's Day that includes buying them new outfits or baking them a special treat. This isn't so strange since one in three pet parents in the report regularly planned to spend weekends with their dog. 22 percent have posted an Instagram photo with their dog; 21 percent said they bought their pet a new outfit; 20 percent baked or bought a dessert for their pooch and 13 percent cooked or bought a special meal for their dog.

According to Phil Tedeschi, professor, and researcher on the human-animal bond at the University of Denver and member of Rover’s Dog People Panel, our loyal canine companions are constantly working to understand humans and fit into our lives. Tedeschi notes that dogs watch and wait for moments to gaze and connect with humans. This eye contact stimulates bonding and the “love” hormone, oxytocin, which has human health benefits like lowering blood pressure and reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.

 Almost half have planned a celebration for their pooch for Valentine's Day that includes buying them new outfits or baking them a special treat (Getty Images)
 Almost half have planned a celebration for their pooch for Valentine's Day that includes buying them new outfits or baking them a special treat (Getty Images)

When it comes to the question as to what the pet parent will do for their dogs against what they would do for their partners, the report found that 47% of dog owners spend more time cuddling their dogs than their partners. Out of 67% of the owners who said that they gaze lovingly into their dog's eyes regularly, one-third of them said that they do this with the dog more than their partner. The most compelling finding is that 53% of pet parents in the report have said that they will consider ending the relationship if their partner didn't like dogs or was allergic to dogs. As it stands, Dogs - 1, Partner - 0.