With all the unconditional love and loyalty dogs shower us with, they are no doubt the best creatures in the world. The least we can do is reassure them that we value their efforts. And we do. Apparently, over half of dog owners in the U.S. kiss their pets more than their partners, a new study says.

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According to a survey by Riley’s Organic, 52% of dog owners across the U.S. are kissing their pet more than their partner

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The research was conducted by Riley’s Organics, as per PEOPLE.com, who wanted to find out just how close dog owners are to their beloved pets. After asking people across the U.S. how much TLC (tender loving care) they give their furry friends, the organic dog treat company was happy to hear that it was quite a lot, actually.

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This trend also continued into the respondents’ sleep habits

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Out of those surveyed, 52% said they prefer to sleep in bed with their dog over their significant other

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If these numbers surprise you, Riley’s Organics has an explanation that puts everything into perspective. One of the most resounding responses came from a question about what do humans think of the bond they share with their dogs. An overwhelming 94% of pet owners said they consider their dog as one of their best friends.

No wonder we show dogs so much affection. We’re simply letting our best buds know they’re special.

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Here’s what people said about the results