That canine compliment can get the ball rolling for some human interaction. It helps avoid the awkwardness that can sometimes follow a compliment between two unacquainted people.
You don't even have to use words.
"As soon as a dog owner hears that 'Awww' it is just a matter of time until you are given the dog's history and cute stories," said Wood.
Once you've started an exchange, people often open up. As you chat, it becomes easier to let someone know that you're not only interested in the dog but seeking to learn more about the owner as well. You may even cull a phone number out of the exchange.
Dog Isn't Crucial
Wood feels that everyone can benefit from having a dog in his or her life, but she advises against getting one simply to find a date.
"There are cheaper ways to attract a mate," she said. "Not every person should have a dog."
Dogs can be expensive, and Wood explains how the cost of a pet could be used elsewhere, if you really aren't interested in investing time and energy into a pet.
"If a person recently lost a job, is in the process of moving or their past dog passed away," said Wood, it also may not be a good time to get a dog.
But people who want to make an impression without the commitment can consider online dating or dog-sitting for a weekend.
Let Your Dog Do The Talking
Dogs can also help once you've met someone new. What should you do if your trusty companion is less than thrilled with your new date?
"Dogs have a sense of individuals that is more keen than ours is," said Wood. "Your dog could be trying to tell you something."
Another possible option is that your dog is reacting because you have been spending less time with him or her. Make sure to involve your dog with your new date. Allow him or her to offer treats, belly rubs and the other wonderful things that make your canine friend happy.
Sometimes all that time and energy just doesn't build a bond between your dog and your date.
"I'd pay attention to a dog's dislike of person," said Wood.
Your Dog As 'Date Bait'
While a pooch may be great for pickups, some dog breeds scare people, no matter what the disposition of the individual dog.
"If you have a big, scary-looking dog, have your dog wear a bandana," said Wood. "Or have them carry a toy on your walk; it can soften their appearance."
Other dogs are often considered irritating by people. However, you can prove them wrong.