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'Dogfishing' Is The Rife Dating Trend That's Here To Ruin Your Love Life

Every man and his dog are doing it and in a sad turn of events, the dog doesn't belong to most of them.

Excuse us, if you are single and on dating apps we need to bring a serious problem to your attention.

You see, a phenomenon has been steadily gaining popularity and it involves adorable fluffy dogs and how much women (myself included) love them. Just when you thought nothing was sacred, now the seedy men who lurk on dating apps have come for our puppies too.

It's all part of a new trend dubbed 'dogfishing' (as labelled by the Washington Post) or 'puppy bait', where men pose with dogs in their profile pictures or in a series of photos with their furry friends.

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Except there's one big glaring problem: the dogs don't actually belong to the said men. What monsters.

Men are using the dogs to get attention on dating apps which could be likened to the IRL scenario of a dog stopping you on the street, only for you to look up to see they have a handsome owner.

Except we'd like to think men aren't going to the extremes of physically borrowing dogs to walk up and down street that potential love interests frequent. Though who really knows?

We're talking about profiles that look like these. Images: Tinder

Regardless, while it might seem like a harmless tactic to get someone's attention, the underlying issue is that it's deceiving. Not necessarily a way you want to start a relationship with someone.

But it works, with a study showing that women are 35 per cent more attracted to someone when they're a pet owner, being true for about 25 per cent of men too, reported Fox 6 Now.

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As it turns out, it's been going on for a while too. Writer Izabella Zaydenberg explained way back in 2016 that she'd never date a guy with a dog in his dating profile photo for a number of reasons, one of them being that they're often fake.

"I once went on a date with a guy who'd posed with a dog that wasn't even his," she wrote for Elite Daily.

When I came over his place and asked him where his pup was, he told me that the pooch belonged to his — wait for it — girlfriend. He was clearly a sociopath and the situation was more or less unique, but really, who does that?

So how do you avoid scenarios like this and spot a fake pup?

According to professional matchmaker Camille Kostin, the best thing to do is ask whether the dog belongs to them straight up and advises steering clear of having a dog in your profile picture if it doesn't in fact belong to you.

"You don't want to start that relationship off on a lie," Kostin said, advising to go for an authentic photo of yourself instead.

"Include a picture of you doing something you love like running, or maybe at your favorite spot or on a vacation."

Featured image: Tinder