Prosocial Behavior And The Dog Owner Effect
Psychologist Nicolas Guégen explores the social behavior of with-dog and no-dog conditions in request-oriented activities.
Psychologist Nicolas Guégen conducted tests that explore the folk belief that men can use dogs to promote courtship behavior. His research consisted of having a man ask random females for their numbers with and without a dog.
The results are astonishing: Only 11 out of 120 numbers were given by females in a no-dog condition. The same man with a dog was able to obtain 34 phone numbers out of the same number of attempts – a three-fold increase in successful attempts. Man’s best friend is apparently a facilitator of social interaction between potential couples.