Most dog owners would rather hang out with their pet than people

The study of 2,000 dog owners found skipping out on human commitments specifically to get a bit of quality furry friend time is a common occurrence.

That bond is understandable given the way they aid our mental health — from their ability to lessen relationship stress to softening bad days at work and more, the average dog gets their owner through nearly five (4.83) stressful events every week.

The results emerged from Link AKC, creators of a smart collar for dogs that pinpointed the mental, physical and emotional health bonuses of dog ownership and found many owners say their pet genuinely aided their ability to get over a breakup or handle the death of a loved one.