Like their human counterparts, love is a huge factor in American dogs’ overall happiness.
“That people might let a cat or a dog influence the most important close relationship in their life — that’s phenomenal,” said Justin Garcia, an associate professor of gender studies at the Kinsey Institute, who is also a scientific adviser to and a co-author on the paper.We are happy to announce the “Happiness Index: Love and Canine Relationships in America” report, a new groundbreaking national research initiative revealing that canines are some of the most intuitive and happiest animals on the planet.The new report utilized a proprietary bark and tail wag measurement scale to determine levels of relationship satisfaction for eharmony users’ dogs’.In a series of studies, two Canadian researchers, Anika Cloutier and Johanna Peetz, showed that pet owners certainly believed their pets had a positive effect on their romantic relationships.They also found a correlation between pet ownership and higher relationship satisfaction. Cloutier acknowledged that it’s hard to know what comes first, the dog or the personality traits that make someone likely to commit to a relationship, and that the links could reflect reverse causality.Women tended to have stronger opinions on many of these matters than men, the survey also found.“Women are generally more discerning than men about their mate choices,” said Peter B.Gray, an anthropologist who was the lead author of the survey report. And that, she said, is a powerful mating signal.“Having a dog really says something about you,” said Dr. “It says you can care for a creature, that you can follow a schedule and get home to feed it, that you can walk it and love it and spend time with it.”It’s a signal that the man may make not only a good friend but a good parent, she said.“That’s the bottom line message that women get when they see a man with a dog: He’s capable of nurturing, of giving without receiving a lot, of caring for another. Morrill is happily married and not in the market for a relationship). Helen Fisher, a senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute and a chief adviser to “And one thing women have needed for years and years is a partner who could share the load, be responsible, care for them if they’re sick and show up on time.” (Just for the record, Mr.Something happens whenever Aaron Morrill takes his large and fluffy mutt, Donut, for her daily walk, and it’s something that always catches him a bit by surprise. They flock to Donut — “a particularly cute dog,” he says — and he often finds himself surrounded by a gaggle of young women who want to know how old she is (4), if he raised her from a puppy (yes) and if they can pet her (sure).“They see you with a dog and all their defenses go down,” said Mr. Kruger, a research professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who studies human mating strategies. Gay men and women with pets can communicate the same character traits to potential mates, who will evaluate and appreciate them in a similar manner, said Daniel J.