There is no better way to meet people than to get out and about with a dog. I didn’t own my first dog until I was 40, so I’ve never had a dog wing for me, but I know three married couples who met when their dogs gave each other a sniff in the park. I also know a guy who does obedience trials with his Jack Russell (I didn’t think they obeyed anyone!) and meets a lot of women who also adore the breed. Another guy tells me his brown lab gets him tons of attention from cute girls who assume he’s a good guy and feel comfortable approaching.
On one of my favorite neighborhood walks around a local pond, I almost always stop and chat with fellow dog owners while our dogs check each other out. Dog parks like the one in the video are even better – the one near my home has anywhere from 20-50 people with their pooches hanging out on weekend mornings.
Kloof, an iphone app for pet owners, conducted a survey of 1,000 people aged 18-33 to find out which breeds draw the most attraction from the opposite sex.
The top dog breeds to attract men were:
- People are over 10 times more likely to see a man who owns a Golden Retriever and 3 times more likely to see a man who owns a German Shepherd as “marriage material” or “boyfriend material,” than a man who owns a Pit Bull.
- People are 10 times more likely to see a man who owns a Pit Bull or a Rottweiler as “slimy” or “sketchy” than a man who owns a Siberian Husky.
- People are very likely to see a man who owns a Labrador Retriever as a potential “great dad.”
- The vast majority of people surveyed think that a woman who owns a Chihuahua is more likely to be dumb than a woman who owns any other breed.
- However, people think that women who own Chihuahuas are “probably hot” over any other breed.
- More respondents thought that women who own a Poodle are also more likely to just be a “one night stand” than a woman who owns any other breed.
Though a purebreed person myself, I’d give a guy extra “dad” points for having a mutt.
Keeping company with a dog may serve to make you more desirable, or at least more trustworthy. In one experiment conducted by Nicolas Guegen, an attractive male approached women with and without a dog and asked for their phone numbers. Without a dog, the man acquired 11 phone numbers in 120 tries, which isn’t bad. However, adding a canine companion boosted his number to 34! (Private Man must have read that study.) People are also more likely to accede to requests for favors or money if the person asking has a dog.
According to Deborah Wood, author of The Dog Lover’s Guide To Dating: Using Cold Noses To Find Warm Hearts, watching someone interact with a dog can help you learn a lot about his or her personality.
You can learn so much. It really is a chance to view someone acting open, affectionate, kind. It says a lot about who that person really is. We are more guarded with people than with our pets.
The greatest thing about having a wingdog is that all you have to do is point them in the right direction and they’ll do the rest. Step towards your “target” and let your dog become aware of theirs. From the polite to the irreverent, conversation starters are easy when two dogs have their noses buried in one another’s genitalia. Often I learn dog names without learning owner’s names, but repeated sightings – “Hey look, it’s Bruiser!” – generally lead to the humans getting acquainted as well.
Use the same smart tactics you should already be employing elsewhere:
- Smile at every person you find attractive. No exceptions.
- Start conversations with people who intrigue you.
- Shrug off rejection. Everybody gets rejected no matter how attractive, smart, witty, confident or kind. Do not get mad at people who reject you and do not take their rejection as a sign that you are unlovable.
Obviously, this isn’t a wing you can ditch at the bar or throw onto your couch for one night only. Dog ownership is a huge responsibility and it’s not cheap either. But if you are a dog lover, and your lifestyle permits, they make pretty awesome ambassadors.