Survey Finds Most People Kiss Their Dog More Than Their Partner

Nope, it's not just you.

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If you love your dog's slobbery morning kiss even more than the embrace of your significant other, don't worry, you're not alone.

Riley's Organics, an organic dog treat company, recently polled dog owners across the U.S., and found that 52 percent of those surveyed admitted they smooch their pup more often than their partner. And almost all of the respondents (94 percent) said they considered their dog to be one of their best friends—a statistic that will probably surprise approximately zero dog owners.

The survey also found that over half (52 percent) of respondents preferred sharing a bed with their dog than their partner, which is good news given that a recent scientific study found that women actually get a better night of sleep when they curl up with their canine bestie than when they do with a human (or a cat, for that matter).

All in all, the survey adds to a growing body of evidence that proves people really, really love their pets. A recent survey of more than 1,200 pet owners across the U.S. found that 43 percent of dog owners and 52 percent of cat owners admit to preferring the company of their furry friends to that of humans.

And why not? After all, having a pet comes with enormous health benefits and recent studies have found that dogs can smell seizures before they start, detect the early stages of cancer, and alert owners with diabetes when their blood sugar levels fall dangerously low. Meanwhile, your partner still probably can't even remember to change the roll of toilet paper.

So if you want to give your pet a kiss, go right ahead, because Fido certainly deserves it. And for more on why dogs are the best, check out Science Says That Dogs Want to Help You When You're Sad.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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