4 Ways Your Dog Wingman Helps You Meet People

Nicole Leigh Shaw
Dec. 28, 2015

Delete those dating apps -- all you need to meet new people is one cute puppy.

A dog wingman is more than the go-to pet for young folks looking to meet a special someone at the dog park. Other than insecure teens, no creature on earth requires more attention, petting and baby talk than dogs. The difference is, dogs go after what they want -- case in point: the ground beef you leave on the counter top. All owners have to do is follow their dog's lead.

Whether it's romance or friendship, your dog wingman has your back. Well, it has your back if it's a Great Dane or something (just the lower half, though, if it's a smaller dog). The point is, your dog wingman definitely has at least some of your extremities covered. You can use a dog wingman in any social setting to help break the ice. Fido can up the number of friends and more-than-friends you have on and off of Facebook.

You could say, "Sorry my dog sniffed you in such a, um, friendly way! We might as well make some more small talk and become the kind of friends who grab lattes together sometimes and talk about our Netflix habits." Or you can let your canine cohort lead you and another person to common ground. "I see you let your kids off leash, I do that with my dog sometimes, too."

Where will you be when your dog wingman leads you to love, friendship or to meet a new mom in the neighborhood willing to carpool?

Here's what you should say (and what you shouldn't) when your pup leads you to new and exciting relationships that you'd otherwise miss:

  1. At the Dog Park
    It's the classic rom-com scenario. A single person with a pretty poodle meets another single person with a lovable mutt. Here's what to do when your dog shows an interest in your crush's dog.

    Do say
    "They seem to be having fun! We're usually here on Saturday mornings around this time. Maybe we can get these two together again next week."

    Don't say
    "Your dog really seems to enjoy my odor."
  2. At the Pet Store
    You're in the pet store with your disarming doggie by your side, making it known to all eligible daters that you're the kind of person who knows how to treat a pet right. Time for recon -- you can learn a lot about another dog owner in the pet toy aisle.

    Do say
    "Have you tried that squeaky duck toy before? My dog loves these things, but he always destroys them in just a few minutes. I wish they lasted longer."

    Don't say
    "Lick this. It says it's a bacon-flavored bone, but I detect hints of liver."
  3. At Obedience Classes
    Great, the gang's all here. And wouldn't you know it, you could all use a bit of practice getting your bichon to heel. Maybe this is a great time to suggest an outside-of-class study session for the group.

    Do say
    "There's a new dog park near the baseball field. Anyone want to meet up there this weekend to practice with the pups?"

    Don't say
    "I'm very lonely and sometimes I cry in my car after class."
  4. At Doggie Day Care
    This one's easy. Just a little eavesdropping when you leave your schnauzer for a long weekend and you'll know which owners are paying for extra TV time and which are springing for doggie massage therapy.

    Do say
    "You scheduled a nature walk? My dog's getting one while she's here, too. Where's your favorite place around here to take your dog on trail walks?"

    Don't say
    "Sometimes I wish someone would put me on a leash and take me out into the woods. Can I text you?"

Yes, no mere human can network like a dog with a hankering to smell all the things. Take a page from your dog's playbook and get out there to smell some new people!

Of course, your dog is way more than a wingman to you. Read 15 Reasons That Life With Dogs is the Best Way to Live for all the ways your dog makes life happier.

How has your dog helped you to meet new people? Where's your favorite place to meet up with other dog lovers? Tell us below, and check out 11 Tips on How to Introduce Dogs to New People and Other Dogs for even more ideas.

Nicole Leigh Shaw began writing as a newspaper journalist in 1999, but has been moving through all the metamorphic stages of the modern writer (except "tortured novelist") and will soon emerge as a butterfly or a vlogger. Nicole writes for Cosmopolitan.com and ScaryMommy.com, and has contributed to four anthologies including the New York Times bestseller, "I Just Want to Pee Alone."

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