According to new research from dog walking and sitting service Rover.com, over half of Brits are confiding in their pooch.
With 95% of Brits admitting they like to talk to their dog, it’s hardly surprising that over half of owners also choose to confide their deepest secrets to them. But whilst 84% of owners don’t think their dog understands the secrets they share, 16% think they might.
The findings come as Rover reveals that 9 in 10 Brits consider their dog part of the family, with 78% naming their pooch as their best friend.
With the bond between man and hound undeniably, owners admit they’d rather reveal their deepest, darkest secrets to their pooch then loose-lipped friends and family.
The research shows that 44% tell their dog secrets their friends don’t know, whilst 40% admit they confide in their pooch over their family with 36% even telling their dogs things they wouldn’t tell their partner.
Deepest secrets that pet owners confess to their dogs include:
- They broke something – 43%
- Spent more money shopping than were supposed to – 43%
- Dislike a present their partner gave them – 40%
- Cheated on a diet -40%
- Going to become a parent – 39%
- Don’t like the dinner partner cooked for them – 38&
- Where secret presents are hidden – 38%
- Don’t like mother-in-law – 37%
- Lost something important to someone – 37%
- Don’t like a family members new haircut – 37%
Richard Setterwell, General Manager at Rover.com, said: “The role that dogs play within a family and their owners has evolved over centuries to become our greatest confident. Whether it’s a friendly ear or a timely wag of the tale, we know the emotional support our dogs can offer goes above and beyond that expected of a pet.”