Then when the dog strayed over to say hello to somebody who had come near us, he actually yelled at the dog, 'No! ' and gave a really hard yank on the leash to drag him back. If he's going to act that way toward his dog, how is he going toward act to me if we get into a relationship, and I do something that he doesn't like? The article was published in the journal and the conversation I overheard seemed to validate its findings.
This new research was triggered by numerous findings that dogs (and cats) are increasingly viewed as family members.
Compared with men, women were nearly twice as likely to report that they judged a person based on how her pet reacted to them (47%, versus 29% for men).
That reaction remains constant over all age groups.
Cat owners were also less likely to report that the way their pets reacted to a date, or a date reacted to their pets, was important.
If you are considering acting on the data from this experiment, you should know that including a picture of your cat in your dating profile seems to have a less positive value than including a picture of your dog.
Again this was much more important for women than for men (73% versus 58%).
Women were also much less likely to say that they would date somebody who didn't like pets than were men (26% versus 45%).
Their additional hypothesis was that single women place more value on how a potential mate interacts with their pet than single men do.
This was a fairly large study with data collected from a sample of 1,210 individuals registered on the dating site In response to the question, "Have you ever been more attracted to someone because they had a pet? The effect was much stronger for women in their 20s (58%) and diminished with age (for women 50 or older, it was only 30%).
Apparently men recognize this tendency since, when asked, "Have you ever used a pet to attract a potential date?
Younger men (in their 20s) did pay some attention to how their pets reacted to their date, but this was less important for older men.
The flip side of this question is how the reacts to a person's pets.