Competitiveness: finding your ideal partner


NEW YORK, NY. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – It’s that time of year when love is in the air. Can you remember what attracted you to your loved one? Was it their energy? Their smile? Or their adorable face? Did you meet in person or did you swipe right to virtually meet your partner?

Now there’s an innovative service that connects people with their perfect fur cut.

Is it chemistry? Or personality? The traits that create a great partnership… can also help match a person to the perfect pet.

Jodi Andersen, co-founder of How I Met My Dog, says her secret is, “Assessment is magic. It is, it really is our secret sauce.

Andersen is a dog behavior expert and co-founder of How I Met My Dog. It is an online site that connects shelter dogs and dogs to be rehoused with people ready to adopt.

Shelter workers fill out an online survey that details the animal’s personality. Adoptees respond to a 56-question survey, based on three categories.

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Andersen explains how the process is designed: “So ‘pet’ is really the categories we match on, and P stands for personality. The expectations are the E, and the T is the coaching style.

A complex computer algorithm matches pets with their potential humans. The Calves family had three children, a cat named Frank Sinatra and a golden labradoodle, Tybee (tie-bee)…but two years ago Frank passed away. Then Tybee got sick.

“All of a sudden the house felt very empty,” Herbie Calves told Ivanhoe News.

The family filled out a How I Met My Dog survey and paired him with Casper, a Jack Russell mix they admit they would never have picked on first sight.

“He makes us laugh all the time and we actually need him,” Herbie says.

And in what Andersen calls the logical next step, they’ve launched a companion site, called Competibility. Competibility offers personalized advice to improve current relationships with pets based on your personality and your dogs.

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“It’s marital therapy. It is exactly what it is,” jokes Andersen.

Giving pets and their loved ones a new life. How I Met My Dog works with over 400 shelters in 39 states. They do not fit people with dogs from breeders or pet stores.

Andersen says that traditionally about 15% of all shelter dogs have been returned by adoptive owners. Dogs matched by How I Met My Dog only returned about 5% of the time.

There is no charge for the matching service or the new advice website, Competibility. By the way, Andersen is the furry mom of two rescue dogs, Finn and Stella, and she and her husband met on a human dating website.

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