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Valentines Day Going To The Dogs
Dog Valentines Day
More than 70 percent of dog owners, like those of Daisy, Gino, and Dante here, said they treat their pooch as family members and take them on outings. California was the number one state for their love of dogs. RICHARD PALOMA/The Leader

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, California has been ranked the number one most “Puppy Loving” U.S. state, according to new national data.

To create the Valentine’s Day rankings, Big Heart Pet Brands – the makers of Milk-Bone dog treats – surveyed over 3,000 dog owners to determine how regularly they engage in loving behaviors like “doggie kisses,” one-on-one play, and cuddle time with their dogs.

Here’s what they found:

When asked who they would rather spend Valentine’s Day with – their dog or romantic partner – 39 percent of unmarried women and 23 percent of unmarried men prefer their dog.

When asked whether having a dog at your side makes one sexier, 59 percent of men and 66 percent of women found a potential partner more attractive if they had a dog. Nearly 20 percent of single men said that having a dog helped them get more dates.

Expressing outward affection for a dog, treating their dog like a family member, and buying a gift for their pooch worked to their advantage in finding that dream boy or girl.

When asked by survey takers why owners are grateful for their dogs, puppy love was in the air with 86 percent stating their dog provided comfort in bad times and 64 percent looking forward to seeing their dog when being away.

More than 65 percent of owners said their hound made them a better person and 71 percent said their four-legged furry friend brought joy to their life.

For Valentine’s Day itself, more than a third of people buy their dogs a gift or special treat and a quarter of owners include their dog in an outing for the day.

Other activities included leaving a special note or posting their pooch’s pic on social media. Nearly half of owners tell their dog they loved them on Valentine’s Day.

The top 10 U.S. states that love their dogs the most are, in order from first through tenth, California, New York, Washington, Tennessee, Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, Missouri, Ohio and Arizona.