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If you would prefer to hang out with your dog rather than attend social events with friends, a new study suggests you’re not the only one.

According to a survey of 2,000 dog owners, more than half admitted that they sometimes skip social occasions to spend time with their dog, and 75 percent reported that they did not like to be away from their canine companions at all.

The study was sponsored by Link AKC, a company that manufactures smart collars for dogs. The data revealed the mental, physical and emotional health benefits of dog ownership and found that many owners say their pet helped them to get over a breakup or handle the death of a loved one. The average dog gets their owner through five (4.83) stressful events every week.

Takeaways from the report:

  • Six in ten respondents said their dog often takes care of them in some way, shape or form, reinforcing the important two-way relationship between dogs and humans.
  • 82 percent of dog owners noticed an improvement in their mental and emotional health.
  • Four in ten said they leaned on their pet to get through the loss of a loved one, and another 20 percent said their dog has helped them get through a difficult breakup.
  • 88 percent said their dog made them a better person.
  • 68 percent claiming to have actually noticed improvements to their health as a result of dog ownership.

“The physical benefits of dog ownership are often the first that come to mind, but we’ve found the emotional and mental health benefits of having a furry companion are just as impactful,” said Herbie Calves, Link AKC CMO. “People consider their dogs members of their family and are looking for ways to connect and interact with them on a deeper level.”

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