Dogs By The Numbers

Dog owners seem to be fascinated by numbers. Not math but numbers pertainting to dogs, like what percentage of dog owerns consider their dog to be part of the family? We’ll get to that one in just a moment.

First, let’s explain where this data comes from., which is a pet sitting and walking service, took the results from 3000 dog owners over three years of its surveys and combined them into a report highlighting the human-canine relationship.

Here’s just a glimpse into some of the fascinating insights they uncovered:

A full 94% of dog owners surveyed considered their dog to be part of their family.

79% of dog owners included their dog in what are known as “family moments”…things like being in a picture with their human families on holiday cards, going on vacation with them and even out on dates!!

65% of people report that they take more photos of their dog than they do their friends or spouses.

Given these percentages, it’s really not surprising that 82% of people said they worried about their dog when they were not at home and the dog was left behind, with 34% admitting they cry when they have to leave their dog.

When people do have to leave their dogs at home, 88% do things to make sure their dog feels comfortable and won’t get lonely, such as leaving the television playing or the radio on. 

Here’s an interesting one: 51% of people sing to their dog, with 24% of those making up original personalized songs just for the dog.

And, one of the most popular questions asked on Google is…

“Does my dog love me?” 

Humans and their dogs…we’ve been together a long, long time (some 15,000 years to be exact!) and from the looks of these answers, it seems like that bond is stronger than ever.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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