According to the results of a recent survey conducted by the American Kennel Club, 58 percent of men say a puppy is a foolproof babe magnet in the park. And 46 percent of women say they’d stop and talk to anyone with a cute puppy.
There are certain things you can do before and during your excursion to improve your odds of meeting somebody special. For example:
- Know whether your dog falls into best or worst “date-bait-breeds” and act accordingly. That means, for example, softening a tough-looking rottweiler with a bandanna. “My niece has a pit bull that she dresses in an old cardigan sweater,” Wood said.
- Train your dog. There’s nothing worse than having an aggressive or uncontrollable dog scaring away a potential love interest.
- Leave the iPod at home. You want to be approachable. If you’re wearing earphones or zoned out to music, you won’t be.
- Know that meeting to dating can take time. Often, it’s about getting to know each other’s dogs before realizing you might have other things in common.
- If you spot someone interesting, discreetly throw a ball close to him or her for your dog to fetch.
Finally, remember that it’s not just about your pet. While it’s important to keep your pet well groomed, it’s even more important to do the same for yourself.
Outside of the park, there are plenty of other great locations for finding love. For example, if you’re a man, try volunteering at a dog shelter, since most of the people who work there are women.
Pet columnist Deborah Wood also suggests patronizing as many dog-friendly merchants as possible, like coffee shops with outdoor cafes and pet shops. “I go to a dog-friendly bank, where they encourage you to bring your dog inside and give out gourmet dog biscuits,” she said.
If you’re into online dating, know there’s a growing crop of niche sites geared for dog lovers (datemypet.com, lovemelovemypets.com). Although Wood says don’t discount the ones that aren’t. If, for example, you do match.com or eharmony.com, she recommends posting at least one photo of you and your dog. “That lets people know that you’re a dog lover. Also, dogs draw attention. They sell.”
Reprinted with permission from WebVet, LLC. This article and other great information for pet owners can be found at www.webvet.com.
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