That really cute dog who jumps around, needs to be told to sit, given a biscuit, made to lie down, let outside, let in again...told to stop barking....what that pretty much prevents is a real conversation. We just chat about the dog.
Babies have a similar effect on the social life of parents of course, but babies grow up and the attention lavished on them is needed and worthy. But people get dogs and let them rule their relational life on purpose.
You can, of course, have a dog to cuddle with AND have good friends...just put the dog in its crate or yard or back room when friends come, or train it to curl up and sleep and not insist on being the center of attention.