Are dogs excellent wingmen?
According to the study, yes. Three times more women gave their phone number to the man when he was accompanied by a friendly dog.
As Oddthinking worked out, it was one of the studies
Domestic Dogs as Facilitator in Social Interaction: An Evaluation of Helping and Courtship Behaviors
Experiment 4 ... In this experiment,
the participants were selected following a random assignment in which the confederate was
instructed to approach the first young woman in the relevant age group (18 to 25 years) who
was walking alone in the pedestrian zone where the experiment was being carried out. As in
the previous experiments, when soliciting the young women the confederate kept his dog on
a lead in the experimental condition, whereas he was not accompanied by his dog in the nodog
control condition. The same verbal solicitation was made by the confederate in both the
control and the experimental conditions:
“Hello. My name’s Antoine. I just want to say that I think you’re really pretty. I have
to go to work this afternoon, but I was wondering if you would give me your
phone number. I’ll phone you later and we can have a drink together someplace.”
Results and Discussion
The dependent variable in this experiment was the number of participants who agreed to the
courtship request. The results showed that 28.3% (34/120) of the women approached complied
with the request when the confederate was with the dog, compared with 9.2% (11/120)
of women when the confederate was not with the dog. This difference is significant (²
14.47, n = 240, p < 0.001; r = 0.25)...