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Take your dog to work Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 10:51

A Californian professor has suggested that letting staff take their dogs to work could boost productivity.  A study found that those workers who played with the dog had reduced stress hormones by up to a third.  They also became more trusting, relaxed and nicer towards each other!  Employers like the Blue Cross and Pets At Home allow staff to take their dogs to work as well as other smaller organisations.  But what effect does a dog at work have on those who don't like dogs?

Walking the dog is good for you! Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2016 15:57

Well, who'd have guessed it: walking the dog is good for you and could even help you live longer!  An American study found that dog walking is associated with lower body mass index (ie less obese for both owner and dog), fewer visits to the doctor and an increase in social benefits (presumably chatting to other dog owners).  One of the researchers said that perhaps doctors could recommend dog ownership for their older patients (but is this fair on the dog?) and that retirement homes could adopt dog-friendly policies.

Can dogs read our minds? Print E-mail
Friday, 13 May 2016 09:52

According to a study undertaken by Marseille University, dogs' behaviour towards strangers is based on their owner's response.  They looked at 58 dogs and their owners and found that the dog's gaze alternated between the owner and the stranger when meeting; if the owner retreated the dogs looked at the stranger sooner and took more time before their first contact than if the owner approached the stranger.  Males were found to check their owner's reaction less than females.  Of course this does not really mean that dogs can read our minds - more that they they take their behavioural cue from ours.

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