No matter what’s going on in the world, we can count on our dogs to be there for us. That’s held true for many people throughout the past year, with 85% of UK dog parents stating that their dog has positively impacted their mental health during the pandemic and nearly 40% saying they welcomed a new dog into their home during the same period. Dogs steal our hearts by offering us unconditional love, much needed companionship, and by encouraging us to get outside and exercise more often.
For Valentine’s Day 2021, many pet parents are paying their pups back in kind. Thirty-six percent of UK dog owners say their dog is their valentine this year, which can only mean sweet moments and plenty of well-deserved treats on the horizon. We at Rover learned more about dog love languages and how pet parents plan to celebrate with their furry family members this February 14 in a survey of 500 UK-based dog owners conducted in January 2021. Here’s what we uncovered:
Do you know your dog’s love language? Most pet parents think they do, with 86% saying that they know exactly how to tug on their pups’ heartstrings.
Most dog owners (44%) report that physical touch, including petting and cuddles on the couch, is their dog’s top love language, followed by quality time (20%) which includes things like playing fetch or going for a walk.
About 14% of pet parents say words of affirmation (who’s a good dog?!) make their dogs happiest, with receiving gifts like toys and treats, and acts of service like grooming and feeding, tied for last place with 9% each.
No matter what their dog’s top love language is, many pet parents (41%) plan to buy their dogs a gift for Valentine’s Day this year. The top three reasons for getting their dogs gifts are: their dog brings joy to their life, they want to show their dog that they care, and that they purchase their dog a special treat on every gift giving holiday—it’s tradition!
Forty percent of dog owners say treats and food top the list of potential gifts for their furry valentines.
Our dogs are like us in more ways than we may realise, including the core of how they like to give and receive love. The five common love languages actually translate quite well to dogs, once you see it from their perspective. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your dog this year by decoding their love language—which of these five sound the most like your pup?
Words of affirmation are the cute songs you sing to your dog when you think no one’s listening and the “who’s a good dog?” you coo when they’re being especially cute. For pups who prefer acts of service, things like a good groom with their favourite brush or being served dinner by their favourite person make them happiest.
Some dogs are all about receiving gifts, and would love nothing more than to go on a mini pet store shopping spree to pick out a new toy and perhaps get a tasty treat or two. Dogs who enjoy quality time above all else can’t wait to play a game of fetch or go on a nice long walk with you. And finally, pups who can never get enough cuddles on the couch or scratches behind the ears are likely most into physical touch.
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