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Heart to heart Print E-mail
Friday, 20 May 2016 11:38

Most loving owners feel a close bond with their dog but now an Australian study has shown that the bond can be so close that their hearts even beat in sync with ours.  The researchers separated three dogs from their owners, placed heart monitors on each and then recorded what happened when they were reunited.  As soon as they met up again, both canine and human heartbeats fell and then, amazingly, followed the same pattern, rising and falling in tandem. 

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.

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