People start talking and dogs start sniffing one another, everyone meets someone." "Any place you bring your dog, you can meet a fellow dog lover," said Wood."If you want to meet available, kind people, just having your dog in your presence can benefit you," she said.Wood feels that everyone can benefit from having a dog in his or her life, but she advises against getting one simply to find a date."There are cheaper ways to attract a mate," she said.It helps avoid the awkwardness that can sometimes follow a compliment between two unacquainted people. "As soon as a dog owner hears that 'Awww' it is just a matter of time until you are given the dog's history and cute stories," said Wood.Once you've started an exchange, people often open up.
"Start moving in the direction of the other person," said Gwiazdon.
Getting out with your dog can lead to more than just a healthier lifestyle and a better bond with your pet -- it can lead to love."I wanted to have social opportunities with my dog," said Angie Gwiazdon, owner of K9-Connection, a Minneapolis-based canine networking program.
Gwiazdon created a program that allows dog lovers and dogs to meet like-minded people, share some food and get to know one another in a no-pressure, fun atmosphere.
Wood offers a bit of advice to men seeking women who love dogs.
"Shelters are full of kind women who volunteer their time. You can also meet like-minded people at the dog park, doggie day care or simply around your own neighborhood.
"It's a great opportunity to connect with others, have fun and also as a means for people to meet someone," said Gwiazdon.