A great article called “Pawprints: The Health Benefits of Walking the Dog” has appeared in the Daily Telegraph – the comment about revision time really resonates with me as my son is going through his A levels and my twin daughters through their GCSEs (it’s good in my house!!).
Dylan the boxer and Nelly the cat are finding their de-stressing and supplier of fresh air and exercise services being called upon big-time!
The article reminds us of the great deal of health benefits that come with walking the dog, including lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol. this, combined with reduced risk of asthma in children and a stronger immune system offers more than enough to suggest that dog ownership is incredibly beneficial.
More recent research shows that dogs can actually smell cancer, as was the case with a dog called Parker who obsessively sniffed at what appeared to be eczema, which led to dogs being trained to sniff for bladder cancer as part of an experiment in Buckinghamshire, which reported an impressive 41% success rate.
Research also suggests that dogs offer a number of psychological benefits too. Not only do they increase the amount we exercise, they also have the ability to increase our self-esteem and improve our mood, hence they are used in a number of therapies.