As all “dog people” know, the presence of a dog can often cause changes in people’s behavior. In an article written by Gad Saad, a professor of marketing at John Molson School of Business, a study conducted by Nicolas Guégen on the subject is discussed. Guégen conducted four separate studies to if the presence of a dog increased the likelihood of people agreeing to certain requests.
In the first experiment, a male asked people for money to catch a bus. The experiment was carried out both with a dog and then without a dog present. The second experiment did the same, but with a female. The third experiment involved a male dropping money at a bus stop, again with and without a dog, and seeing how many people would help him pick it up. The final experiment was the one where a man asked women for their phone numbers.
With the first experiment, 9 out of 80 people gave an average of 26 cents when there was no dog, while 28 out of 80 people gave an average of 31 cents when there was. With the second, 26/100 people gave an average of 31 cents with no dog, while 51/100 gave an average of 47 cents when there was. For the third experiment, 23/40 people helped pick up change without a dog present, while 35/40 helped when there was a dog.
For the last experiment, it was proven that having a dog increased the amount of phone numbers received by just over triple. Without a dog, there were only 11/120 numbers given, but with a dog there were 34/120. So if you’re ever curious about asking her out, be sure to have a dog handy.