New study confirms that doggos are the secret to happiness

Feeling down? According to a new study completed released by BarkBox, all you may need to do is get yourselves a puppy.

If you’ve ever been a dog owner, it’s likely something you’ve known in the back of your mind for years. Having a dog can improve your happiness, help you get out of bed in the morning, make you exercise more and even help counsel you through tough times. Now, the science just proves it.


Need some guidance in your life? Time to get yourself a doggo. A new study has confirmed that man’s best friend is a key ingredient in being the best you that you can be.

Taken from a number of American dog owners, see some of the survey results below:

  • Nearly half (49%) of dog parents say their dog always or frequently shares the bed with them and more than a third (36%) say they’d sleep in an uncomfortable position to keep their dog next to them at night.
  • Seven in ten (71%) dog parents say their pup has made them happier people, with nearly four in five saying it’s easier to wake up in the morning because their dog greets them.
  • About half of pup parents say their dog has made them more patient (54%), responsible (52%) or affectionate (47%).
  • In addition, dogs are the ultimate therapists with 85% of dog parents saying their dog has helped them get through a difficult time in their life.
  • More than four in five (83%) say their dog has made them more active, with 72% saying their dog plays a role in their exercise decisions.
  • One in four pup parents take their dogs to social gatherings (26%) and about one in five (19%) have snuck their dog into a place where dogs are not allowed.
  • Nearly one in five (19%) wish their dog could be an acceptable wedding guest.
  • Nearly half (45%) admit to dressing up their dog in clothing and more than one in five (22%) dog parents have thrown their dog a birthday party.

Find the full results on Bark & Co., and if you’re in need for some dog-related goodness, have a watch of APES’ newest video If You Want It: