Survey Says… Dog Lovers Make Better Humans

Ninety-three percent of dog owners say that having a dog has made them better people in at least one aspect of their lives.

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A survey of 1,006 dog owners found that 83 percent of respondents say having a dog makes them more active. Via Kerkez/Thinkstock
A survey of 1,006 dog owners found that 83 percent of respondents say having a dog makes them more active. Via Kerkez/Thinkstock
John Virata

You love your dog. He waits for you to get home and when you do, is all happy to get in your face and give you some loving. He listens and when he hears a peep, he goes out of his way to investigate. And mostly he just loves hanging around when you are around.

There is a reason why you have a dog, and one of them is that just having a dog in your life makes you a better human, at least according to a survey of 1,006 Americans with dogs.

How so? Well, according to the BarkBox Dog Parent Study, 93 percent of dog owners say having a dog made them a better person in at least one aspect of their life. A full 71 percent say having a dog makes them happier, while 54 percent say that having a companion canine has made them more patient.

The survey found that 72 percent say a dog plays a role in how they exercise.Via Dirima/Thinkstock

The survey found that 72 percent say a dog plays a role in how they exercise.Via Dirima/Thinkstock

Because their dog depends on humans for everything, a full 52 percent of respondents say that they have become more responsible with a dog in their life, and 47 percent say that they are now more affectionate.

And how about that exercise your doctor always tells you to do? Well, the survey says that 83 percent say having a dog makes them more active, and 72 percent say that the dog plays a role in how they exercise. Now that has got to be good to keep the heart rate up!

When it comes to challenges in life, dogs play a significant role too, according to the survey. A full 85 percent of dog owners say that their dog helped them get through rough times, making dogs the ultimate shoulder to cry on and rely on when times are tough.

When times are tough, dog owners turn to their dogs for comfort. Via mbot/Thinkstock

When times are tough, dog owners turn to their dogs for comfort. Via mbot/Thinkstock

A lot of dogs have also been given access to much of the house, including the bedroom, according to the survey. Almost half (49 percent) of dog owners say their dogs share their bed, while 36 percent of respondents say they would sleep in an uncomfortable position in order to let their dog sleep next to them at night.

According to the survey, 49 percent of dog owners let their dog share the bed with them. Via mbot/AnchiyThinkstock

According to the survey, 49 percent of dog owners let their dog share the bed with them. Via mbot/AnchiyThinkstock

And for you lovers out there, 33 percent of respondents said they have gotten intimate with someone while their dog was in the room. And on top of this, Americans in relationships with others tell their dogs they love them six times a day, which the survey says is as often as they tell their human significant others.

The survey found that 48 percent say its fine that their dog eats treats throughout the day, and 47 percent say its OK that their dog makes a mess in the house. Via John Howard/DigitalVision/Thinkstock

The survey found that 48 percent say it’s fine that their dog eats treats throughout the day, and 47 percent say its OK that their dog makes a mess in the house. Via John Howard/DigitalVision/Thinkstock

Nine out of 10 respondents say that they are more accepting of their dog doing something that they wouldn’t normally accept in a human, and more than 50 percent of respondents say their snoring dog is tolerable, 48 percent say its fine that their dog eats treats throughout the day, and 47 percent say its OK that their dog makes a mess in the house. And here is an interesting note; A full 28 percent or respondents say they have shared a secret with only their dog, not that the dog would tell anyone.

And the most meaningful survey question found that 97 percent of dog owners would do something to make their dogs happier, and 38 percent are willing to move to a place with a bigger yard so their dog can have more fruitful playtime! Now if we can only reach out to the seven percent of respondents who disagreed that dogs made them a better human, a dog’s life would be much better.

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