Dog ownership provides common ground
What is it about being outdoors with a canine that removes awkward social barriers and makes pet owners more appealing to strangers? For many it’s the shared bond of owning a pet. Even if a person has never set eyes on the man or woman walking their dog beside them, they already know they have something in common. Much like those with children, people with dogs understand the trials and tribulations of pet ownership. In the same way parents might swap stories at the school gates about little Johnny’s bedtime regime, pooch owners can share training tips, grooming parlour recommendations and nutritional advice with other dog parents. Other events and social groups may also be discussed allowing owners to progress their dog-made friendships outside of the park.