Dog is man's best friend? Not really. Dog is woman's best friend . . . especially at bedtime. So, sorry, guys, you come in a distant second at best. And now there's a scientific study to back up what we've long suspected.
We Got Pet Dogs
where, and how did we get our beloved pets? What is the origin of the
domestic dog. Well . . . nobody knows for sure, but there are two
schools of thought on this. One holds that domestication took place
mostly in one place and at one time or period. The other maintains
that "the process of domestication occurred in a number of
places and at a number of times throughout prehistory."
Place, One Time School
"Dogs were the first animal to be domesticated by humans. The oldest dog fossils that can be clearly distinguished from wolves are from the region of what is now Germany from around 15,000 years ago. However, the archeological record is ambiguous." But an international research team analyzed the "DNA from two prehistoric dogs from Germany" and "determined that their genomes were the probable ancestors of modern European dogs. The finding suggests a single domestication event of modern dogs from a population of gray wolves that occurred between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago" (ScienceDaily).
Place, Various Times School
'This second school of thought takes into account the fact that people likely began to cooperate with wolves at various times in different places. Here's how that incontrovertible font of knowledge Wikipedia puts it:
problem in attempting to identify when and where domestication
occurred is the possibility that the process of domestication
occurred in a number of places and at a number of times throughout
prehistory. Early dog remains have been found in different parts of
the world. This suggests that dog domestication may have taken place
in different regions independently by hunter-gatherers, in some cases
at the same time and in other cases at different times with different
wolf subspecies producing different dog lineages. Therefore, the
number of dog domestication events is not known."
known is that we now have our furry friends – in all shapes and
sizes and colors and dispositions – and that there is a strong bond
between women and their dogs.
and Dogs – The Bond
we still have working dogs – herding dogs and hunting dogs, for
example – but now most dogs are mere pets, spending all or at least
some of their time inside the house. And that means they spend most
of their time around the nurturing half of our species. The
bond is strong because dogs function as "exercise
motivators, stress relievers, non-judgmental listeners and support
systems," as well as protectors.
an illustrative example from Canine
"Single, married or post break-up, women are bonding with their
dogs like never before. Sarah Rodgers of Vero Beach, Florida, was
married two years ago and is now mother to one-year-old son Jax. Her
dog, Porter, a leggy Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, was five years old when
Jax was born. Sarah's concerns were not about her newbie parenting
skills or her dog's relationship with the baby. She worried instead
about how Porter felt about all the changes. 'I did everything with
Porter before we had the baby,' Sarah says. 'Now he gets the shorter
end of the stick, so I'm always looking to give the dog some special
fact, women are now opting for pets over motherhood, choosing to
satisfy their maternal urges with dogs (especially small dogs) rather
than children. The significant decrease in the number of births for
women in the 15-29 age range directly corresponds to the enormous
increase in the number of dogs owned by women in that age range.
the past seven years, the number of live births per 1,000 women
between ages 15 and 29 in America has plunged 9 percent. At the same
time, research by the American Pet Products Association shows the
number of small dogs . . . in the United States has skyrocketed, from
34.1 million in 2008 to 40.8 million in 2012." And according to
marketing researcher Damian Shore, "There's definitely some
replacement happening there" (New
still more to this phenomenon, though . . . .
"more" is that, in general, women sleep better with their
dogs than they do with their human partners or even their cats. A
2018 study, conducted
by researchers at Canisius College in New York and published
in the journal Anthrozoos,
found that women report
better-quality sleep when sleeping with a pet dog.
this study, researchers surveyed and gathered data from 962 US adult
women to explore the impact of sleeping with a
pet on sleep quality.
Of the 962 women surveyed, 57% reported human bed partners, 55%
shared their bed with at least one dog, and 31% with at least one
cat. The findings? The women who slept with a dog (or dogs) reported
better quality sleep than the others.
Coren, writing for Psychology
explained some aspects of the study. "If
we focus on the women's perception of the quality of their sleep,
those who shared their beds with a dog reported significantly better
and more restful sleep. They also claimed that their dogs were less
likely to disrupt their sleep than their human partners. Using a
scale which measured the emotional tone that they experienced in bed,
the researchers found that women actually felt more comfortable and
more secure when sleeping with a dog compared to when they were
sleeping with another human."
why do women sleep better, more restfully, and more securely when
sleeping with a dog rather than a human? There are two probable
reasons to account for this.
owning a dog usually results in a more structured routine and, as a
consequence, a more consistent sleep routine. And "having a
regular sleep and waking schedule helps to strengthen the circadian
rhythm, which, in turn, tends to improve sleep quality"
addition, the study researchers suggested, sleeping with a dog may
improve sleep quality because it can reduce the incidence
of bad dreams – which has been found to be the case with
PTSD-afflicted veterans who sleep with their service dogs.
the reason, having a dog in the bed appears to improve both sleep
quality and experienced comfort for women.
It All Means
upshot of all this is that the way to a woman's heart is through her
pet, specifically her dog. And
that route is usually paved with pet accessories.
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