Nearly half of dog owners (41 percent) talk to their pet more than their partner and 40 percent are more likely to share their deepest secrets with their dog, according to new research.
The study, by Tails.com, found that owners spend 47 minutes talking to their dog each day. Four in five (81 percent) of those questioned say they feel happier after a chat with their furry sidekick with 65 per cent saying their dog is their best friend in the world.
The findings showed that we love our dogs so much that we pose for more pictures with them than our partners, friends and children combined with the average owner taking six snaps of their pet a week.
Dr Samantha Ware, lead nutritionist at tails.com, said: “We are a nation of dog lovers and clearly value the individuality, companionship and friendship that our own dogs provide.
“This week there are over 22,000 dogs competing at Crufts, examples of every Kennel Club recognised breed in the peak of health and condition all hoping to take home the ‘Best in Show’ award for their owner.
“Whether they’re a prize winner or not, at tails.com we recognise that every dog is different and provide each dog with their own freshly blended tailor-made food that is as individual as they are.”