It's Official We Love Our Dogs More Than Humans

It’s Official We Love Our Dogs More Than Humans

It’s official, we love our poochies more than people! Some people love their pooch so much they spend just as much as they would a child on Christmas, Birthdays even the Anniversary of when they first laid eyes on that little puppy face. *cough* I’m totally not one of those people *cough*.We even prefer them to some family members. This website is living proof, that our love for dogs is immense.

A new study published in the journal Society & Animals found that people are more empathetic towards dogs than fellow humans.

The Study

About 240 student volunteers looked at fake newspaper stories about attacks on both dogs and people. The four stories were about a one-year-old baby, 30-year-old adult, a puppy or a six-year-old dog who were all beaten “with a baseball bat by an unknown assailant,” left unconscious “with a broken leg” and “multiple lacerations.” Who would you empathise with first?

Empathy levels for the puppy, older dog and baby were on similar levels when the researchers polled their volunteers, with the adult human coming in last. The puppy was most empathized with, followed by the human baby, older dog, then older human.

“Subjects did not view their dogs as animals, but rather as ‘fur babies’, or family members alongside human children,” the study said, according to Science Alert.

That’s not the only study. Harrison’s Fund, a medical research charity, conducted an experiment in 2015 which showed that people have more empathy for canines in bad circumstances than they do for suffering humans.

Two years ago Harrison’s Fund, a medical research charity, tried an experiment. It printed two adverts, both of which asked: “Would you give £5 to save Harrison from a slow, painful death?” The only difference was, in one of the adverts Harrison was a human, in the other he was a dog.

Would anyone be surprised to learn that Harrison the dog got significantly more clicks than Harrison the human? Certainly not the researchers behind a recent study into human-dog empathy. They found that people are consistently more distressed by reports of dogs being beaten up than they are by the same reports about adult humans.

So why do we love dogs more than humans?

Reliability. They will always be there for you. Compare that with the human divorce rate.

Non-judgmental. They will never diss you. Non-judgmental listening can often be of great benefit, like your very own furry therapist.

No hidden motives. People are sometimes nice to your face and stab you in the back. With our doggies, what you see is what you get-consistent, unconditional love.

Practical matters: They force us to get out and take a day to day healthy walk. If you’re single, they’re a date magnet. Some also may provide security barking at the door when someone comes near your home. And on a personal note, my dog Charlie Big Ears is like my own personal assistant, welcoming the new people I meet through Dog Furiendly with a wag and a kiss!

We would love to hear your thoughts, how much do you love your poochie? More than your aunt Margret?  Leave a reply below or tell us on Instagram Twitter or Facebook.

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