Moreover, 78 percent of dog owners are spoiling their pooch with Christmas and birthday presents. And 23 percent of millennial owners have thrown a party for their pet. What’s more, 17.5 million dog owners have adapted their holidays around their pets. They choose to stay in dog-friendly hotels so their four-legged pal isn’t left out of the family holiday.
No longer are family pets just seen as a possession. Instead, we are now viewing them as a member of the family, and important ones for that matter. According to APPA, 71 percent of dog owners believe they bring families closer together.
Additionally, 81 percent of dog owners believe that their pet brings them more happiness. At the same time, 66 percent believe pets lower their stress levels. And they’re not wrong in these beliefs. A recent study concluded that pets can have a positive impact on our mental and physical health. Dog owners who relied on their pet for their social needs were less lonely, less depressed and generally happier.