52% of respondents admitted to kissing their dog more than their partner. 52% also said they prefer to sleep in a bed with their dog over their partner!
We always knew we loved our dogs more than we loved our human counterparts, but now there's actual proof to back that up. Riley’s Organics, an organic dog treat company, conducted a survey to see just how much pet parents value their dogs, and the results are too adorable. The company asked dog owners across the US how much love and attention they gave their dogs, and it turns out, they give their pets more love than they give their humans. According to Riley’s results, 52% of respondents admitted to kissing their dog more than their partner. Not just that, 52% of them said they preferred to sleep in bed with their dog over their partner.
These numbers may come as a surprise to you if you don't own a pet, but 94% of pet parents surveyed by Riley’s said they considered their dog to be one of their best friends. That's how important a pet is to them, much more than a human will ever be. They're the kind of people that consider their pet their child. For them, their pet comes first. Their comfort is what matters the most. These people are more than willing to do what it takes to make sure their pets are safe and happy in their home.
One person took to social media and commented: This IS TRUE!! It happens here!!! My husband sleeps with our dog Sully and he kisses him constantly!!! I have to ask my husband for one kiss! But don’t get me wrong, I love my dog!! I don’t get jealous!!!! He deserves the best. Another person added: So true! I also tell my dog I love him more! So, there you have it. Now, you don't have to feel guilty about putting your dog first!
Apart from the fact that they are your numero uno, there seem to be health benefits from kissing your dog. Researchers at the University of Arizona (UA) believe that the microbes contained in a dog's gut may have a probiotic effect on the human body which can encourage the growth of positive microorganisms, according to Independent. See, we all knew they made us happy, now there's actual science to back it up!
"We've co-evolved with dogs over the millennia, but nobody really understands what it is about this dog-human relationship that makes us feel good about being around dogs," said Kim Kelly, an anthropology doctoral student and one of the primary investigators on the study. "Is it just that they're fuzzy and we like to pet them, or is there something else going on under the skin? The question really is: Has the relationship between dogs and humans gotten under the skin? And we believe it has."
The study is being conducted under the university's new Human-Animal Interaction Research Initiative, where they hope to explore the mutual benefits of human-animal relationships. Kelly will be working collaborators from the UA Department of Psychiatry, the UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, the UA School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, and the University of California, San Diego, in order to explore whether living with a furry companion is actually good for humans.
"We essentially want to find out, is a dog acting like yogurt in having a probiotic effect?" Kelly said. Several research studies have shown dog owners tend to be happier, and some have even shown that dogs and their owners share much of the same gut bacteria over time. "We think dogs might work as probiotics to enhance the health of the bacteria that live in our guts. These bacteria, or 'microbiota,' are increasingly recognized as playing an essential role in our mental and physical health, especially as we age," said Dr. Charles Raison, principal investigator for the study and a UA professor of psychiatry in the College of Medicine.
"We know that not all bacteria are good. We can get very sick from the 'bad' bacteria, and modern medicine has done a wonderful job of protecting us from various diseases that are created by these bacteria," said Raison. "But unfortunately, by eliminating the bad bacteria we've started eliminating the 'good' bacteria, too." Participants will be paired with a dog for three months. In the beginning, their gut bacteria, diet, physical activity levels, and immune function will be evaluated.
The dogs' gut bacteria and physical activity levels also will be measured via non-invasive means. The tests will be repeated each month to see if there are any positive effects of living with a dog. They will also check to see if there are impacts on gut microflora in either the humans or the dogs. The participants will all be aged over 50 and will not have lived with a dog for at least six months. This does sound cool, right?