You love your partner in crime.
He's adorable. He makes you laugh. He loves cuddle sessions on the couch and walks through the park just as much as you do.
No, he's not your boyfriend. He's your dog – and according to a study, he's just the thing your love life needs.
The study found that one in four dog owners have met dates while walking their furry friends. On top of that, 40 percent of dog owners say that they would think twice if their pets and the potential partners didn't get along.
It's honestly not a surprising statistic. A third of all dog owners have at least made new friends through their pet. Owning a dog is a great way to meet people and is like having an adorable matchmaker (not to mention, a go-to icebreaker) at your side.
So how about we stop looking for love at the bars and let our furry, four-legged friends do the work instead? Get a canine companion and see the different ways you can find your perfect mate!
Head to the dog park
Sounds simple? That's because it is! Take your dog out to the park on a sunny weekend afternoon. Your pet will love the exercise and fresh air, and you'll love scoping out all the hotties with their four-legged friends. Let your dog play with another dog, and in the meantime, you can strike up a conversation with his or her owner. If they get along, it's the perfect excuse to suggest that the four of you play a game of fetch together. And if the dogs just so happen to get themselves (and the two of you) tangled up in their leashes … well, that's not your fault, right? It's just serendipity.
Shop the pet store
Do you have a pet store within walking distance of your neighborhood? Next time you shop there, be sure to bring your puppy! When you browse the aisles for a new batch of food, toys and accessories, ask that cutie with the Pitbull what he likes to buy. You'll have plenty to talk about, from your pooch’s favorite squeaky toy to which brand of doggy treat his Pitbull thinks is tastier.
Volunteer at a dog shelter
You love doting over your loyal pooch, so also why not help other pooches in need? Lending a helping hand – even just for a few hours a week – at a local rescue shelter, will allow you to bond with other doggy do-gooders over cleaning cages, playing with puppies, and planning charity dog walks. Not to mention, at the end of the day, you’re helping to save and nurture animals you love – dogs!
Schedule a check-up appointment at the vet
You wouldn't think that anything good could come out of Spot's $200 vet bill, but you might change your tune after meeting that cute guy and his equally cute (albeit, flea-bitten) Cocker Spaniel in the waiting room. The veterinarian's office can be a prime location to fuss sympathetically over other dogs and talk with their owners. And why not check to see if the veterinarian himself is single? Paging Doctor Stud Muffin.
Check out dog lover clubs and websites
If all else fails, you and your pup can sign up for a dog lover's club or dating site. Most are tailored specifically for singles who are looking to meet their mate. Check out some of these popular online dating sites: PerfectMatch.com, Wagger.com, MustLovePets.com, and LeashesAndLovers.com. Whether you are looking for a playmate for your pet or you’re searching for a mate for life, you'll be able to find exactly who you are looking for – another dog lover. And if you’re too nervous to ask him out on an actual date, you can always set your pets up on doggy playdates (keyword here: "date").
We don't mean blurting something out after you've had too much merlot, but the desire to tell him intimate details about your life means you trust him—a major component of successful long-term love.