As man’s best friend, it should come as no surprise.
Dogs, it seems, really are good for friendship – with owning one adding an average of three chums to your social circle.
Sharing casual greetings, anecdotes and tips on canine care all help to open new doors socially, a survey has found.
The average dog walker passes the time of day with four people on a typical stroll – two of whom were classed as good friends.
Dogs are good for your social life, with every canine-owner banking an additional three friends, garnered while taking their dog for a walk. But it’s worth noting, this effect only holds true if the owner is walking on the ground – there are no guarantees for owners who take their pets walking in the air…
Nearly two thirds of dog owners have made up to five new friends, said the poll of 1,500 people, which was carried out to mark the Christmas DVD launch of The Snowman and The Snowdog.
Topping it all off, the article also gives us the thoughts of psychologist-for-hire David Lewis, himself no stranger to the Bad PR world:
Psychologist Dr David Lewis said: ‘Dogs provide a perfect excuse for conversing with strangers.
Owning a dog can prove especially beneficial for anyone whose social anxiety usually makes it hard to strike up a conversation with new people.
‘My studies reveal many friendships, and even a few lifetime romances, only started because two owners stopped to chat about their pooches.’