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Understanding dog-human companionship

By Michael J. Dotson, Eva M. Hyatt

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This article reports a survey of 749 dog owners. The survey focuses on owners' interactions with their dogs. This research identifies seven underlying dimensions that comprise the construct of dog companionship. The dimensions include symbiotic relationship, dog-oriented self concept, anthropomorphism, activity/youth, boundaries, specialty purchases, and willingness to adapt. Results suggest that certain demographic variables – in particular gender, age, and education level, as well as length of dog ownership, amount of quality time spent with the dog, and whether the dog is purebred or mixed breed – relate to these dimensions.


Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Date 2008
Publication Title Journal of Business Research
Volume 61
Issue 5
Pages 457-466
Publisher Elsevier
DOI 10.1016/j.jbusres.2007.07.019
Language English
Notes This article was used with permission by Elsevier
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal roles
  2. Animals in culture
  3. Companion
  4. Dogs
  5. Human-animal relationships
  6. Mammals
  7. Pets and companion animals