As dog owners, we never really want to think of our dog out in the wilderness. And this is especially true if we are not with them.
But did you know that most dog owners do not actually believe that their dog could survive without them? In fact, a recent survey has revealed that many dog owners really believe that their pup could not survive out in the wild by themselves.
According to a report from Talker, 2,000 American dog owners were asked about if they though their pups could handle themselves in the wilderness and the overwhelming response was a negative. And the amount of time they actually think their pups could survive was even more surprising.
The survey results revealed, “the average person believes their pup could only take care of themselves for a maximum of two days. A third (31%) give their dogs less than a single day.”
Dog owners do not believe their dogs can survive in the wild without them
Now, we don’t know about you, but for some of our pups we know that they could do better than a day or two. And all it takes is looking at the stories of lost dogs being found months or even years later to prove that our pups can be resourceful when they need to be.
That being said, we also know that there are plenty of dogs that would struggle without their snacks, cozy beds, and snuggles from their parents. So we could see those being the dogs that these owners are worried about.
So what were some of the reasons why these dog owners felt like their pups would struggle to survive without them?
- 86% of the owners who responded felt as if their dogs lived “a life of luxury”
- 77% feel as if their dogs are used to being “catered to”
- 68% said their dogs would rather not be out in the cold
- 44% pointed out that their dogs sleep with them
- 27% said that their dog needs a jacket to go outside with
- 83% shared that their dogs follow them everywhere they go
Obviously, these are all clues that might suggest a dog can’t survive without us, but we can’t help but think that our pups would survive just so that they could get home to us if they can.
While we can understand why a dog owner might feel like their pup couldn’t survive without them, we think perhaps those pups are being underestimated just a bit.
What do you think of the results of this survey? Do you think your pup could survive in the wild without you?