Single women prefer dogs to men

Monday, July 20, 2009

MELBOURNE - Single women would rather prefer the company of a dog than men, according to experts.

Sydney Petcare owner Richard Durant said that more and more single women in Australia were in favour of the four-legged loyal and reliable companion.

“In the past year 60 per cent of our new business has come from young single women. It’s a growing trend I’ve noticed over the last few years. These are women who live busy lives,” The Courier Mail quoted him as saying.

“They want company when they get home. In many cases you’ll find the dog sleeps in their bedroom, and even in bed with them,” he added.

Dogs New South Wales President Dr. Peter Higgins nodded in agreement.

He said: “The fastest growing segment of dog owners in the inner city is young single women. It’s almost like a child substitute. They lead busy lives and they’re not in a relationship. That’s why dogs like Maltese terriers, which are the second most popular dog in Australia and the most popular dog in Sydney, are popular - they’re little and they have human-like features.”

Australian Companion Animal Council President Dr. Kersti Seksel attempted to explain the preference.

She said: “If you live alone, having a dog as a companion to come home to is often more appealing than a flatmate. Owning a dog increases the feeling of safety and security.” (ANI)

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July 21, 2009: 3:53 am

This is an interesting topic that is, in fact, the focus of my dissertation for my PhD in Clinical Psychology. I have been studying the relationships that exist between single women and their companion dogs, though the age group I am interested in is between 30 and 50 years of age. As many have found, there are a number of significant benefits to having a dog, especially when single. However, I also want to make people aware of the face that dogs sometimes hinder appropriate socialization for single women, who may compensate for poor human relations by relying more heavily on their connection with their dog. Therefore, as a clinican, it is important for us to realize the potential positives and negatives of these important relationships so that the people we work with gain the most from their human-animal bond. Great stuff!!!!

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