If you are wanting to make this your year to really connect with someone and find that love of your life – your furry friend just may be your best source of judgment.  Sheryl, The Dogsexpert of Leashes and Lovers says give Fido a shot.
Here are 6 easy steps to get you there.

Date Bait – Go Fetch
1.   Let your dog sniff out a good date
a.  So even though dogs have 220 million smell receptors to our 5 million, I’m not talking literally sniff you a good date, but trust your dog’s instincts. Look for the receptiveness of your dog being comfortable around your potential date.
b.  Let your pooch make the first move.  Your dog can be the perfect ice breaker to help start the conversation toward what may be your potential date

2.   Animal Instincts
a.  Dog lovers are more sexy – radiate your sexiness.  The presence of a dog makes everyone seem more approachable and fun. So take your dog with you everywhere you can in order to meet people and pause when in view of a potential date to make yourself available for small talk.
b.  Dress for yourself to feel good about yourself.  We feel more confident when we feel good and first impressions count, especially when your dog insists on you dating only the “best in show!”Play Time
1.   You got the date!  Begin your date with a walk in the park  

a.    People reveal more of themselves when there’s no pressure.  Do an activity with your dog and your date where there’s no cost involved and you each of you can just relax in the conversation and enjoy the moment.
b.    Always speak respectfully to your dog.  Berating or speaking down to your dog may be viewed as how you may talk to humans as well. And, if they have a dog – see how they treat them as those who have well trained dogs, might raise well mannered children as well!

2.   Don’t smooch your pooch or your date on the first date

a.    Especially if you think this may be the one, some things are better left for later.  Even though we all love to kiss our dogs, kissing your dog before you kiss your date, may leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.After the date
1.  Be as gracious as your dog

a.    Your dog appreciates the time you spend with him/her no matter what you did or where you went, take their cue.  
2.  Dogs don’t lie – so why should we

a.    In such a high tech communication world, if you don’t hear back within a few days after he/she said they’d call, it’s best to let sleeping dogs lie.   Move on to see who else there is to meet, your dog isn’t fretting about it.
b.    Fido has paved the way for you. Here’s a tip if your dog’s size and looks can be a bit intimating to others.   Soften their appearance to make him/her seem friendly. A sweater, a cool leash or a bandana helps any dog seem more approachable and lends to conversation. Be sure to bring treats and offer them to others so they can become involved by rewarding your dog and experience that your dog is really just a sheep in wolves clothing.
Author Bio:  Sheryl Matthys is The Dog Expert.   As a dog trainer, and Founder of Leashes and Lovers.  She talks with dog lovers on how their dogs impact their personal relationships and doles our advice, tips, and information everything dog. Leashes and Lovers’ offers online connections on FetchaFriend where dog lovers can connect for friendship, networking, doggie playdates, same breed of dog, find products/services, a date or even possibly love! Sheryl has two children, two greyhounds and is a certified dog trainer. She’s a former TV/radio newsreporter and adjunct professor for the Univ. of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s, and Indiana University – SB.