Dog Effect on Human Psychology

Dog Effect on Human Psychology


82% of people would feel more confident approaching an attractive person if they had their dog with them, a survey found.


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This article was adapted from Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods' The Genius of Dogs.

When Melanie met a man she liked, she wanted to get to know him better, but he was really shy.

"I didn't know how he would feel about a woman taking the lead and asking him out," says Melanie. "So I just kept asking him to do dog activities with me and my dog."

Not long after, Melanie's new man plucked up the courage and asked her on a real date. They've been together for 28 years, and they still have dogs.

Melanie was part of a survey within our citizen science project Dognition, which aims to help us understand the dog-human relationship.

According to the survey, 82 percent of people would feel more confident approaching an attractive person if they had their dog with them.


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