Pets don’t just make good companions for their owners, they’re also excellent at helping humans make new friends.
Multiple studies have shown that dogs aid positive human-to-human interaction and help cultivate friendships which are essential for long-term health and happiness.
In exploring how pets help people form social connections, one large study of nearly 2700 men and women in four cities – San Diego, Portland and Nashville in the USA, and Perth – found that being a pet owner was the third most common way that people met others in their neighbourhoods. Also, pet owners were 60 per cent more likely than non-pet owners to get to know new people in their neighbourhoods.
Dog owners, particularly those who regularly walked their dogs, were more likely to make friends through a pet-connection.
Other studies have shown that strangers react more positively to a person with a dog, offering more smiles and friendly glances, for example.
Equally, they’re more likely to strike up a conversation with someone with a canine friend.
That may come as no surprise to long-term pet owners who have gotten to know dozens of new people through the simple act of walking their dogs or congregating at local parks or beaches.
GemLife resorts are all pet-friendly and provide an off-leash dog run, a hub for homeowners and their furry friends to hang-out, socialise, and stretch their legs. The dog runs have been the birthplace of many a new friendship for homeowners and their beloved canines.