Having a dog as pet goes much beyond indulging a preference for a four-footed companion – it is actually a way of life. Over time your daily routine, recreational options and even vacation destinations are determined by what is and is not suitable for Fido – and few people other than hard core dog lovers would understand this. This is why if you love dogs and particularly have them as pets, it would make sense to look for a dating partner who shares your lifestyle. Here are then few tips on how to meet and date other singles who love dogs as much as you do.
The internet is an incredible resource, not only for information and business, but increasingly for socializing. Sign up with a dating site which caters specifically to the relationship needs of dog lovers. Even a general dating site will do where you can mention your love of canines and clearly state that you are looking for someone with similar interests. However be specific about the geographical area since a dog owner from the other end of the country or another continent would hardly be of use if you are looking for partners to date in real life. Similarly social networking sites can also bring you in touch with singles who share your love for pooches and pommies.
TIP: Visit Match.com to browse photo profiles of single men and women including dog lovers.
Frequent pet stores
Those who thought that dog owners need only need to buy a doggy dish and maybe a sack or two of pet food from the neighborhood general store, are woefully behind the times. These days there are stores specifically made to retail pet food, clothing and a whole variety of pet accessories, meant specifically to pamper your pooch. Other than that there are spas and salons all ready to indulge your Pomeranian or Labrador with a whole range of grooming services. All these places could prove effective meeting points with other owners of dogs. Then you can opt to shop at pet-friendly stores like Petco and Petsmart and you can take your dog with you. And even you do not see a single and attractive dog lover in the store aisles, don’t hesitate to strike up conversation with someone else. Who knows while networking, you may get to meet friends of friends who are single and dog lovers or you may pick up a useful tip on a store which offers heavy discount on pet food. Essentially, the wider your circle of friends and acquaintances, the greater the possibility of their introducing to someone who is single and shares your interest.
Visit the dog park
If you are owner of a dog, you know that taking them outdoors, at least once, day is a must; while the amount of exercise a dog needs depends upon the breed and size, they need to venture outdoors to socialize, to follow scents and generally play around. Instead of leaving to a dog walker to do the needful, get the leash yourself and whistle to Pongo to follow. The park is the place where you are bound to be meet other pet owners walking their dogs or playing a game of fetch with their retrievers and terriers. And when you happen to spot a German shepherd whose owner is even more handsome, don’t hesitate to smile at them; stop briefly and compliment the owner on the shiny coat of the dog and playfully ask if he can share some tips on dog grooming with you. If you are lucky you may find a dog owner without a wedding ring and perfectly willing to share her tips over a cup of hot coffee. If someone you fancy is not single, don’t worry and keep trying. Only remember that the more regular you are at the park, the greater your chances are of running into single and attractive dog lovers. And best of all, other than reviving your social life, your walks are going to keep you healthy and increase the
bonding with your Fido.
Take a class
Signing your pooch up for obedience classes so s/he behaves is another way to find single men and women who love dogs like you do. Best of all, even if you don't meet any single dog lovers, you will still come back home with a well-behaved and a trained dog that obeys your commands.
Make it a point to attend dog-based events
One of the best ways to meet men and women who love dogs is to attend dog shows and other events centered on similar interests. These are usually day-long events with games, competitions and prizes for the best performing dog in a variety of categories. Scour the local newspaper and radio stations to find out what dog-based events are being held in or around your city. Sometimes pet food companies organize promotional events which has its share of fun and games for both pets and their owners. Even general festivals and holidays held during the summer attract a healthy share of dog owners who find it a good time to hang out with their furry companions. Attend as many of them as you can and if lucky, you can meet prospective partners who share your passion for pooches.
Browse through other resources
Most dog owners need a regular resource of information on how to take care of their pets; if they are first-timers, they need to know the diet and habits of the particular breed of dog while the long experienced ones may still need guidance on how to breed them or prepare them for pet shows. Thus public libraries and bookshops often attract a healthy share of pet lovers. However you should know where to look – instead of roaming about aimlessly, head for sections like ‘animals’, ‘hobbies’ or ‘pet care’ or better still, ask the librarian where you can find resources on pets. Once you have found the section, watch out for other people browsing through the shelves who look single and may be open to chit-chatting about their dogs. Once you have found someone, take your new-found acquaintance outside since you won’t be allowed an animated conversation inside the library.
Be prepared to make adjustments
Even if you may have found another dog lover who you wish to know better, dating as dog owners can be a whole different ball game altogether. Owning pets often influences how long you can stay outdoors and when you have to be back home. You may not be able to go out for long vacations or even weekend trips on a regular basis. Also your breed of dog may not get along with your partner’s, which in turn can put a strain on your dating life. Thus ensure that all these niggling issues are out of the way so that you can look forward to an enjoyable and fulfilling relationship.