STAR ONLINE, MARCH 18, 2019
COVERAGE FOR AGRIA PET INSURANCE
It takes SIX months to fall in love with people but 30 minutes to fall in love with a pet
BRITS take six months to fall in love with a person, but FAR less to fall for their pet, according to a new study.
As all single people know, finding ‘the one’ is hard.
But if you’re struggling to make a meaningful connection with another human being, consider getting a furry friend instead.
New research shows that it takes just 30 minutes to fall in love with a dog, compared to six months with a partner.
A survey of the nation’s dog owners by Agria Pet insurance showed more than half (56 percent) believed they felt true love for their new pet within half an hour of adopting them.
In contrast, the majortity of respondents said it had taken up to six months to decide their other half was ‘the one’.
Four in ten (40 percent) of those surveyed said they would describe the moment they met their animal as love at first sight, but only 16 percent could say the same about their other half.
Behaviourist and Trainer Carolyn Menteith, who was involved in with the study said: “It’s not surprising that so many of us believe in love at first sight as most dog lovers know that feeling when we meet our dog and our heart just melts.
“One of the reasons we have such a great relationship with our dogs is because of the unconditional love that they are so good at giving – and that we so often don’t get from others in our lives.
And unlike fickle humans, our relationships with dogs are more likely to go the distance so Carolyn recommends making a canine commitment carefully.
“Statistically speaking, the relationship we have with our dogs is more likely to last longer than our marriages, and so choosing our canine partner wisely couldn’t be more important for a long and happy life together, as is responsible dog ownership.”
“Each different breed and type of dog has different requirements and so you must select a dog whose needs you can meet.
“It’s important not just to think ‘Is this the dog I want?’ but ‘Would that dog want me?'”