We’re barking mad over our dogs here

A two-month-old male miniature poodle sits in a teacup at Sincere dog house, a breeder shop in Tokyo, Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
A two-month-old male miniature poodle sits in a teacup at Sincere dog house, a breeder shop in Tokyo, Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
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DOG owners in Halifax are barking mad for their furry friends, new figures reveal.

One in seven people here say they talk to their pet more often than their partner.

According to a survey by dog food brand Burgess Supadog Sensitive, owners in Yorkshire and the Humber, Wales and Scotland are twice as likely to do so than people in Northern Ireland, the east midlands and the south west.

More than 70 per cent of Halifax owners said they buy gifts for their pampered pooches, while more than a third also admitted to letting their dog sleep on their bed.

And despite rising electricity costs, one in three owners here say they leave their TV or radio on to keep their dog company when they are not at home.

And their pets even have preferences, it seems, with Chris Moyles’s breakfast show on BBC radio one topping the polls as Halifax’s number one doggy DJ.

Nationally, the fifties classic How Much is That Doggy in the Window, Who Let the Dogs Out, The Birdie Song and Shout were all firm favourites for hounds to howl along with.

Nearly a third of owners across the UK said their pet preferred action programmes on TV to comedy (9 per cent) or sci-fi (2 per cent).

Dogs are also voting with their paws when it comes to the battle of the TV soaps with owners giving them dibs on the remote.

Almost half of owners said their pooch’s favourite soap was Emmerdale.

Richard Rockett, from Supadog Sensitive, said: “It’s clear we’re a nation of dog lovers, but our research shows just how sensitive Halifax is towards man’s best friend.

“We share everything with our dogs, from our favourite television programme to musical preferences, and we’re not afraid of showing real affection for our favourite companion.

“We’re pleased that pet owners take the responsibility of owning a dog so seriously.”