We recently conducted a study with over 1,800 Itch Pet customers to find out what the most common pet parenting styles are in the UK.
The results are in, the data’s been analysed, and we can now reveal the Top 10 pet parenting styles for dog owners:
- Traffic Light – 36%
- Constable – 16%
- Entranced – 12%
- Goose – 8%
- Hy-PAW-Chondriac – 8%
- Sloth – 7%
- Pinot Noir – 7%
- ‘Paws-Off’ Parent – 3%
- Sergeant Major – 2%
- Baggage Handler – 1%
Traffic Light – 36%
Traffic Light parents have a healthy balance of rules and freedom. Dogs might be given the red light when it comes to surfaces or the bed, but these owners enjoy nothing better than giving their pooch the go-ahead to roam freely in the park.
Constable – 16%
Constable dog owners are firm but fair – with a strong focus on law and order. Obedience and good manners are imperative in their household, and they have a clear set of signals to help their dog understand their wishes.
Entranced – 12%
Entranced owners have the best intentions, but they are completely at their dog’s beck and call.
4am wees? No problem.
Second breakfasts? Go right ahead.
Goose – 8%
The Goose will often limit their time away from their dog, and when it comes to webcams and pet monitors, they either own one already or they feel that they and their dog would benefit from one.
Hy-PAW-Chondriac – 8%
Hy-PAW-Chondriac owners have rushed their dog to the vet on so many occasions, they’re now on first name terms with the receptionist.
Thankfully, for the most part, it’s never anything serious, but they’ll always view the journey as worth it, ‘just to be sure.’
Sloth – 7%
Dogs who are lucky enough to have a Sloth for a parent are the envy of other pets – as they are spoilt rotten.
Sloths are the ‘champion of chill’ and rather than strict training, a sloth parent will encourage their dog to work things out for themselves.
Pinot Noir – 7%
These owners enjoy the finer things in life, and their dogs are no exception.
Pinot Noir’s will cut back to sustain their dog’s expectations.
They’ll also go above and beyond, whether it’s personalised or even home-made food, bespoke supplements or the latest designer doggie accessories.
‘Paws-Off’ Parent – 3%
The ‘Paws-Off‘ parent personifies the old proverb that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ – or in this case, a dog.
Paws-Off parents will typically have a huge support network, who are instrumental in the upbringing of their pooch.
It’s fair to say that for these owners, their dog fits into their lifestyle as opposed to dictating it.
Sergeant Major – 2%
Dogs belonging to Sergeant Majors have an expert grasp of commands, and their owners demand only the highest levels of respect.
Control and regimented ways of behaving are commonplace for these owners, and consequences for failure to comply can include loss of privileges or a verbal dressing down.
Baggage Handler – 1%
And finally, we have Baggage Handlers. These dogs will typically be found in a bag on their owner’s arm, and they will frequently go on adventures together.
Case Study: Hannah the ‘Goose’
Hannah Taylor is a customer account executive and ‘mum’ to Nelly, a two-year-old Chug.
Hannah also has a daughter Lilah, and together they all live in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
A self-confessed Goose, Hannah said:
“Nelly was getting chilly and kept shivering. I couldn’t find a nice enough jumper for her, so I learned to crochet so I could make enough jumpers to keep her warm.”
Hannah added that Nelly also regularly joins her and Lilah for a full Sunday dinner.
Case Study: Dan the ‘Pinot Noir’
Dan Murray, owner of labrador Charlie, admits that he is a Pinot Noir owner, explaining:
“Charlie has all his meals weighed, cooked and ready for the week ahead.
‘With these hot nights, despite myself suffering in the heat for years, I spent a fortune on an air conditioning unit.
‘Charlie also get the most comfortable spot on my bed – I usually end up on the sofa!
‘So long as he gets a good night’s sleep, I don’t mind.”
When it comes to pet parenting, there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach
At Itch Pet, we have a dedicated community of over 70,000 pet parents.
Our pet parents are not only keen to ensure their pets get the best flea and worming subscription on the market, but they also like to tell our team all about the trials and tribulations of raising their four-legged friends.
What we’ve heard from our customers, is that just like raising a child, certain decisions have to be made early on when it comes to acceptable behaviour in the home, and how it is taught.
But, it’s important to remember that when it comes to pet parenting, there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, and everyone has their own unique pet parenting style.
The most important thing is to have a healthy, happy, well-rounded pet – and that can be achieved in lots of different ways.