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Single dog owners… unite!
Let’s say, you’ve already got a dog…
But chances are, you probably haven’t considered the many ways that your pet can open the door for you in terms of getting more dates.
On the other hand, if you haven’t got a dog yet and you’re single, then you might want to get one.
Why Every Single Person Should Have A Dog
I’ve always said that having a dog is one of the best ways to get a date.
Get you out & about — where you’re likely to meet more people in general (…outside of your apartment!)
Put you in the company of other people like you (…who also have dogs like at the vet, the park, downtown, or anywhere else you might be walking your dog)
Help you “break the ice” (…if you are in close enough proximity to other people, they are highly likely to comment on your cute puppy)
Give you something to talk about (…those likely to strike up a conversation with you when you are with your pet are likely to be dog lovers themselves)
And if you’re talking about dogs (your dog, their dog, dogs in general) with this person, then you’ve already jumped a huge hurdle in the dating world: finding something that you have in common.
Here are some specific ways your dog can help you find a date.
Been There, Done That
I base this information on my own single days as a dog owner. My dog definitely helped to put me in the right place at the right time to strike up a conversation with a number of potential dates. From there, it was up to me to either make it happen or not.
Did my dog ultimately put me in touch with my future husband?… Well, despite the fact that Jim (said husband) and I actually “met” another way, my dog played a very important role in the dating process. Most memorable was our first date when Jim brought him some puppy pepperoni to bribe Jersey into liking him. And Jersey, (who was the reason I rarely brought any men into my apartment because he wasn’t real friendly toward guys), wholeheartedly accepted Jim with open arms paws from that day forward.
So there you have it.
New Study Reveals Dogs Are Date Magnets
Oddly enough, there is a study that seems to back up my findings:
- When it comes to meeting women, 58% of men surveyed said a puppy is a foolproof babe magnet in the park.
- 46% of women said they’d stop and talk to anyone with a cute puppy.
- When it comes to dating dog lovers, make sure their dog is a match, too. 66% of dog owners said they wouldn’t even consider dating someone who didn’t like their dog.
Niche Dating Sites Have Gone To The Dogs!
Now, if you are up for something REALLY fun, then try out one or two online dating sites — just for dog lovers! Some directly involve your pet on the “date”, others just give you something in common to talk about.
One of the most popular online dating sites for dog owners is: DateMyPet.com.
Many single dog owners have found friends (and ultimately, spouses!) thanks to this website that pairs you up with someone who owns the same type of pet that you do and who resides in your own area.
DateMyPet.com is the leading online dating website created exclusively for pet lovers. Whether you are looking for a life partner, a buddy for your pet or just someone to hang out with, here you’ll be able to find exactly who you are looking for – pet lovers like yourself. It’s fun, interactive, safe and anonymous – until you decide to take it further.
You can choose “a date for your pet” — which simply means that you’re primarily looking for a playmate for your dog, and you (and the other pet owner) will simply be going along as an innocent bystander and facilitator for the two dogs’ first meeting.
This is the preferred method for those who are simply interested in making friends with other dog owners, and/or helping your dog make friends in the area. It’s also a viable dating option for those who want to take things slow… by establishing a true friendship first.
You can choose “a date for me” — which means that you’re clearly interested in going out on dates with someone who has a pet like yours.
This is for the more adventurous types or those who are interested in dating lots of people… just for the fun of it. One thing’s for sure, you’ll both have something in common. That is, your pets!
Other Online Dating Sites For Dog Owners
DateMyPet.com isn’t the only puppy-friendly dating site on the Internet… Check out these other popular personals & dating sites for dog owners:
- Love Me, Love My Dog
- Animal People Personals
- Animal Attraction (…more about the site’s success and origin)
- Pet People Meet
As summarized by Gail Miller spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club:
Dogs are so important to their owners that they can, in many instances, make or break a relationship.
More Great Articles About Dogs & Dating
Advice For Couples With Pets (… tips for creating a “blended family”)
About Niche Dating Sites (…for cyclists, republicans, democrats & more)
List of Niche Dating Sites (…for everything else under the sun!)
Online Dating (…how niche dating sites are leading the list of Internet dating sites)
Would You Date Your Dog? (…similarities between our dogs and our future mates)
The Dog Lover’s Guide To Dating
Check out Deborah Wood’s great book, The Dog Lover’s Guide to Dating: Using Cold Noses To Find Warm Hearts.
She’s a fan of the online dating sites… especially those which cater to dog owners.
In her book, she makes it easy to:
- Find the hot spots where single dog lovers congregate
- Break the ice with conversation starters that are perfect for dog lovers
- Train your dog to fetch a date
- Write a canine-friendly personal ad
- Ensure that your dog and your new love get along
- Spot dog owners who should be avoided
- Use your dog to prolong a date (…or end one!)
I like to help Dog Parents find unique ways to do things that will save time & money — so I write about “outside the box” Dog Tips and Dog Hacks that most wouldn’t think of. I’m a lifelong dog owner — currently have 2 mixed breed Golden Aussies that we found abandoned on the side of the road as puppies. I’ve always trained my own dogs and help friends train theirs, as well. Professionally, I worked at a vet and have several friends who are veterinarians — whom I consult with regularly. (And just because I love animals so much, I also worked at a Zoo for awhile!) I’ve been sharing my best ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998 (the same year that Google started… and before the days of Facebook and YouTube). My daily motivation is to help first-time dog owners be better prepared from the first day your new puppy enters your home. I like to help dog owners understand what’s ‘normal’ and what you can expect in terms of living with and training your dog — how to get through the ups & downs of potty training, chewing, teaching commands, getting your dog to listen, and everything else that takes place during that hectic first year! When I’m not training, walking, grooming, or making homemade treats for my dogs, you will find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites). To date, I’ve written over 600 articles for dog owners on this site! Many of them have upwards of 200K shares.