‘Man’s best friend’ helps make friends

Research from the University of Western Australia shows that pet owners are more likely to make new friends in a new neighbourhood.

Surveying 2700 people in Perth and three US cities, researchers saw that social relations improved amongst strangers with some defining their neighbours as “friends”.

The benefits of dog-walking, which included an increase in physical activity and an improvement in people’s perceptions of neighbourhood safety, were also noted as part of the survey.

Read more at University of Western Australia