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Poll: Approximately One-Third Say Pets Listen Better Than Spouses

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideMay 17, 2010

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A recent poll by the Associated Press found that more than 30-percent of pet-owning women reported that their pets were better listeners than their husbands. Nearly 20-percent of men polled also said that their pets were better listeners than their wives.

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One poll found that nearly one-third of people feel that their pets are better listeners than their spouses.
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"Pets are great because they provide us with unconditional support. They never talk back, never give us the wrong opinion and they are always there for us," explained veterinarian Karen Sueda to the Associated Press. "As much as we love our spouses or significant others, sometimes they are not there, sometimes they have their own thoughts about how we should deal with situations. And sometimes, especially when it's a husband or male significant other, they want to solve the problem rather than just listening to the problem."

There has been a considerable amount of research on the psychological benefits of pet ownership. According to the National Center for Infectious Diseases, owning a pet has been shown to decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Pet ownership also decreases feelings of loneliness and increases opportunities for socialization and physical exercise.

Pets have also been shown to have therapeutic benefits as well. Animal assisted therapy (AAT) is an interesting area of mental health treatment that involves using trained therapy animals as part of an overall therapeutic plan. The Delta Society, a non-profit human services organization that promotes human/animal interactions, describes AAT as "a goal-directed intervention directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise, and within the scope of practice of his/her profession. AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning."

Learn more about animal-assisted therapy:

  • Therapy Dogs and Animal-Assisted Therapy
  • The Human-Animal Bond: How Pets Help Us
  • Pet Therapy Hospice Volunteers

Read more about the AP Poll:

Poll: A third say pets listen better than husbands


National Center for Infectious Diseases. (n.d.) Health benefits of pets. Found online at http://www.cdc.gov/HEALTHYPETS/health_benefits.htm

The health benefits of pets. NIH Technology Assess Statement Online 1987 Sep 10-11. Bethesda (MD): National Institutes of Health, Office of Medical Applications of Research Found online at http://consensus.nih.gov/1987/1987HealthBenefitsPetsta003html.htm


May 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm

My spouse never listens, just dictates orders, the dog always runs to the door when I get home and says hello, by barking of course.
When was the last time you looked forward to talking with your spouse instead of to your spouse, I look forward to talking to different women all of the time because they listen and I listen to them,
kind of a sad state I think, when you get excited about something and can?t wait to tell someone, but actually want to call an other woman and hear the excitement in her voice, that she is really happy for you, female companionship, ?.I admit it I love women,

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