Dogs have been known man's best friend for longer than we can remember and it's little wonder when we choose to confide our deepest secrets to them.
Research from Churchill Pet Insurance reveals that 65 per cent of owners are likely to unload their secrets to their animal companion instead of their other half.
Personal relationships are the most popular subject matter followed by health, money and work concerns.
Fifty per cent of owners choose to unburden themselves to their pets because of their non judgmental nature, stating that they "will love me whatever".
Peter Bishenden, head of pet insurance at Churchill, comments, "The fact our pets give love unconditionally seems to have led to them being the perfect counsellor, along with their inability to relay any secrets!"