A bizarre new dating trend is becoming increasingly more popular on swipe-right picture led apps.
Users of Tinder, Bumble and similar websites should be careful of users who dogfish, a dating expert writing in The Washington Post has warned.
Dogfishing is when people upload a picture of themselves and a dog, giving off the impression that the pup belongs to them.
But in reality this is a lie, and the pet belongs to someone else, the Mirror online reports .
Dating expert Erika Ettin said she thinks people do it because owning a dog suggests a person has nurturing qualities.
Speaking to the Washington Post, she said: “”Sometimes women subconsciously equate things like how a man treats his dog is how he would treat a partner,” she said.
“That’s the main thing: stop borrowing dogs. It’s just odd when you’re using someone else’s dog online, and it seems like you’re trying too hard.”
Dogfishing is the latest dating term to crop up since online dating apps took off.
Catfishing was arguable the first term to go viral. It’s when a person creates a fake online profiles and pretends to be someone else, to fool potential partners.
Ghosting is another cruel dating trend, when someone ends a relationship by suddenly withdrawing communication without any explanation.