What Every Dog Lover/Owner Has in Common
Whether we want to admit it or not, all dog lovers have some things in common. For example, we jump up to pet every dog we see, we think all dogs are the cutest things ever (no matter the breed), and some people say a dog is a man’s best friend but we truly believe it. And even though those are just a few things in common, here are a few more that every true dog lover has in common:
1. Holidays are for Buying Your Dogs Presents
When it comes to holidays, we dog lovers never forget to include our pups and I don’t just mean a treat on their birthday. Dog-lovers will buy their dogs new toys on Christmas and yes, we dress our dogs up in Halloween costumes. There was a recent study stating that dog owners are expected to spend 2.14 billion dollars on their dogs just this year. That means each dog owner spends on average about $31.24. Even though we know our dogs will be just as happy with a belly rub, we insist on buying them holiday gifts.
2. A Dog’s Gaze Really is Trying to Tell Us Something
Many dog lovers will tell you that they can read the expressions on dogs’ faces. You might look at them a bit weird but they truly believe it and yet they aren’t wrong to believe it. A study done in 2017 said that ‘dogs really do turn on the puppy eyes when humans look at them’.
3. You Truly Believe Your Dog Knows What You Are Saying
Whether you want to admit it or not, we all talk to our dogs. We have conversations with them and many of us believe they know exactly what we are saying and talking about just by the way they act and respond to what we say. Well, it turns out we aren’t exactly wrong about that. There was a study done at Emory University in 2018 that showed dogs do have an understanding of previously heard/taught words.
4. Your Love Life is Partly (if not all the way) Up-to your Dog
If your partner doesn’t like dogs or even worse, they don’t get along with your dog, then you already know that your relationship isn’t going to last. Now non-dog lovers/owners will say we’re crazy but don’t worry, you’re not the only one who goes by whether your dog loves your partner or not. In fact, there was a study conducted that showed that seven out of ten dog owners believe that their dog has an excellent judge of character and that their new partner MUST win over their dog before they would even consider falling in love with them.
5. Sometimes You Prefer Dogs Over People
Staying home with your furry friend involves no planning or organization. So it’s completely understandable if you rather do that than go out with your human friends. And the best part is, your dog won’t judge you if all you want to do is kick back on the couch or In bed and stuff your face with pizza and ice cream while binge-watching Hulu or Netflix. But they probably are gonna ask you for a slice or two!
6. Getting a Dog Means You Now Have a Shadow
Once you get a dog, you will always have a shadow around the house. Now some dog owners love their pooch following them around while others hate it. But either way, we all know it happens but why? Well according to experts and explained more in detail by the authors of simplemost.com, some reasons your dog follows you around are; separation anxiety, imprinting, companionship, and curiosity.
7. Your Dog is Definitely a Top Priority, Even When Money is Tight
To dog owners, their dog is not just a pet, their dog is a beloved family member. In 2018, a study was conducted regarding how much Millennials spend on their pets each year and on average, dog owners spend $1,285 a year, while cat owners only spend $915 a year. The study also showed that seven in ten Millennials (which is 68%) would be more than happy to take time off of work in order to take care of a new pet.
8. Your Bed is Your Dogs Bed Too
We allow our dogs to sleep in bed with us, even if there isn’t enough room. The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association did a survey and found that 42% of dog owners allow their dogs to sleep in bed with them at night. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll always have a bad night of sleep – a study done in 2018 found that women sleep better next to their dogs than their actual partner because their pooch is less likely to disturb their sleep.
9. You Can NEVER Have Too Many Dog Pictures
No matter what time of day it is, if your dog does something adorable you feel the need to pull out your phone and take a picture, I know I do. Dog owners normally have an album on their phones dedicated to their beloved pooch.
10. Leaving Your Dog NEVER Gets Easier
Leaving your dog at home never gets easier, even for your dog. If your dogs are anything like mine, they cry and yelp every time, it just crushes my heart. Some dogs even become destructive while you’re gone. If that is the case, you may need to seek help from a professional because it generally means they are suffering from separation anxiety.
11. Whenever We See a Dog We Use ‘Baby Talk’
It becomes a habit for dog-lovers/owners to talk like a baby whenever seeing a dog. Some of you may get mocked or made fun of but next time you’ll have evidence and science to back yourself up with. There was a study conducted in 2018 that suggests that canines may actually prefer when we talk baby talk to them. You can read more about the study here.
12. Our Dogs Really Know When Something is Wrong
Dog lovers/owners can really tell you how their dog knows when there is something wrong and or when we are sad. But it isn’t just the owners. There was an experiment done and the most fascinating part, dogs do not even have to be yours for them to be in sync with your emotions.