IT TAKES JUST 30 MINUTES TO FALL IN LOVE WITH A PET BUT SIX MONTHS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH A PARTNER, ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY.
Researchers from Agria Pet Insurance polled dog owners and discovered us Brits really are a nation of animal lovers with more than half (56 percent) falling under their pooch’s spell within half an hour. However, nearly a quarter of those quizzed (20 percent) said it had taken up to six months to decide that their partner was “the one”.
A love-struck six percent said they knew they’d found their soulmate in just 30 minutes, while a more cautious 16 percent said it took a good month of dating before they were hit by Cupid’s arrow. Four in ten (40 percent) of those polled said they would describe the moment they met their pet as love at first sight, while only 16 percent could say the same about their other half.
Agria Behaviourist and Trainer Carolyn Menteith, who helped with the study said: “It’s not surprising that so many of us believe in love at first sight as most dog lovers know that feeling when we meet a dog and our heart just melts.
“One of the reasons we have such a great relationship with our dogs is because of the unconditional love that they are so good at giving – and that we so often don’t get from others in our lives."
“Statistically speaking, the relationship we have with our dogs is more likely to last longer than our marriages, and so choosing our canine partner wisely couldn’t be more important for a long and happy life together, as is responsible dog ownership.
“Each different breed and type of dog has different requirements and so you must select a dog whose needs you can meet. When choosing a canine companion, it’s important not just to think “Is this the dog I want?” but “Would that dog want me?"
“There are benefits to buying both a puppy or a rescue dog. With a rescue dog, what you see is what you get.
“You know what they’ll look like, what their personalities are like, and have a good idea of what they are going to be like to live with... puppies are hard work, time consuming and take a lot of commitment, but you get to shape them into the dog of your dreams.”
Almost 34 percent (18 percent) said they bonded with their dog in under five minutes.