Wowzer Online Dating Tips and Advice

Last updated 11/29/17

Wowzer is a fun, new dating and social app for people who love dogs. Our mission at Wowzer is to provide a fun way for dog lovers to make meaningful connections. And bringing your dog along as your “wingman or sidekick” may just help ensure that happens. However, whenever meeting a new person for the first time using an online dating site or app, you should always take precautions to protect yourself and your identity. The following are some common-sense guidelines to keep in mind and to help keep you safe when you’re going through online dating experiences or meeting people for the first time.

Don’t give out your personal information

Be safe and cautious. While getting to know someone, it’s important that you are cautious about the personal information you share with others. Don’t provide your street address or full name until you are able to learn more about the other person. In the early stages of getting to know someone, or communicating with them, it’s important to guard your personal information to protect your privacy and security. Once someone knows your first and last name, as well as your address, they can find out a lot more about you. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Trust your intuition

Have you ever kicked yourself for not following your instincts or your intuition? Intuition is defined as the ability to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning, or without understanding how the knowledge was acquired. While trusting your gut instinct may not make logical sense, it can be a valuable tool when getting to know someone. Clearly using your critical judgement skills is important when getting to know someone online, but if you get a sense that a person’s stories don’t add up, or facts don’t make sense, you might be dealing with a dishonest person who is hiding the truth. Trust your gut.

Start your meeting anonymously

Of course, you should post a real picture of yourself on your online dating profile, but you should only post pictures of yourself that are in rather generic locations. Don’t post a picture of you in the front of your house with your home address displayed, or at your place of work. You don’t want someone to be able to track you down from the information you share on your profile. And keep the first few communications safe by going through the chat feature of the online dating website or app.

Don’t feel pressured to meet

After exchanging multiple chats on the dating app or phone calls, you will likely get comfortable enough to meet someone in person. However, don’t feel pressured into meeting before you’re ready, and be sure to take safety precautions to meet in a public place, during daytime hours to ensure you are comfortable meeting for the first time.

Meet in a safe, public place

There are certain safety precautions you’ll want to take when meeting someone in-person for the first time. For your first meeting, be sure to set up a meeting in a public place with plenty of people around, like perhaps a dog park or a dog friendly coffee shop. Be sure to plan to meet using your own transportation. Don’t agree to pick them up or for them to pick you up.

Make your plans known

When you’re ready to meet someone in person, be sure to tell a few close friends or family members where you are going on your first meeting and who you are going with. And provide the full detail, including the location, time of your meeting, and time you will be home. You can even ask them to call or text you during your date or meeting just to make sure things are going well.

Never leave personal items unattended

When you’re out on a date or meeting for the first time, be sure not to leave your personal items unattended. This includes your purse, your keys or your drinks. And always be sure to order your own drinks so you can watch the pouring to ensure safe consumption.

Don’t drink too much

Perhaps plan a dog walk or coffee as a first date to get to know the person before possibly clouding your judgement with a little alcohol.

Stay clear of married people

Sad, but true; there are plenty of married people using online dating sites, some looking for extramarital affairs or other types of relationships. Read this article from Online Dating Magazine for insights into how to determine if a person is married or not, “Staying Clear of Married Men“.

Look for Questionable Characteristics

As you chat, email or talk on the phone, you may be able to start to pick out qualities that give you a sense of a person’s true character. Are they judgmental?  Do they seem to be controlling or anger easily? Do they evade some your questions? If so, it may be time to move on.

As you start to explore new relationships or friendships through online dating or social apps, be sure to think about these tips, to help protect yourself from people who may have unsafe motives. Just be sure to stay alert and safe so you can have a fun experience.