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The Average Dog Causes Almost 2,000 Family Fights

The UK’s Daily Mail reported on a new study that found the average dog causes almost 2,000 family arguments over the course of its life. Check out the top 20 reasons why. My wife and I have dogs and I’m pretty sure at least 5 of these reasons have led to an argument between us.

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According to the study, the average dog lives 12.8 years and causes 156 fights every year (an average of one fight every 2.3 days). The survey listed the top 20 arguments caused by dogs. Here they are, in order:

  1. What to do with the dog when you’re going out.
  2. Who should walk the dog.
  3. Whether the dog should be allowed on the bed.
  4. Whether the dog should be allowed upstairs.
  5. Who should clean up the dog poop in the backyard.
  6. Being too harsh on the dog.
  7. Letting the dog on the couch.
  8. Spending too much money on the dog.
  9. Training the dog.
  10. Feeding the dog from the table.
  11. Who should babysit or look after the dog.
  12. Grooming.
  13. Damage caused by the dog.
  14. Who chose to get the dog in the first place.
  15. Who cleans up when the dog makes a mess in the house.
  16. Who cleans up when the dog throws up.
  17. Treating the dog too much like a human.
  18. Allowing the dog into rooms it’s not allowed in.
  19. Children’s toys being eaten.
  20. Shoes being chewed.

Check out the full article here.

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