Benefits of owning a dog 

September 19th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Benefits of owning a dog 

This Sunday 23rd September 2018 from 12 noon until 4:30 pm is Hertfordshire Hearing Dogs Tea in the Park and Dog Show. It will be taking place at Greenwood Park, Tippendell Lane, St. Albans, AL2 3HW. There will be a Dog Show with a variety of fun classes alongside games for children and dogs and cream teas and refreshments for their owners and lots more!

Dog show registration will start at 11.30 am with the show starting at 1 pm. Tickets for the Dog show cost £2 each, there are 7 classes and you can enter your dog for any number of these  Classes include the dog with the waggiest tail and dog the judge would like to take home. Teas served from 2 pm.

Living in Harpenden or St Albans means it is easy to have a dog and the benefits of owning a dog are clear for many. Studies have found that dog owners have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol than non-dog owners and are less likely to have minor or serious health problems.

Apparently dog owners generally have a stronger immune system and visit the doctor less often than non-dog owners, and are less likely to be on medication. People also reportedly recover faster from illnesses and even have higher survival rates after a heart attack if they have a dog.

Children who have a furry friend have fewer days off school due to sickness. Children with chronic illnesses often cope better with treatment when they have a canine companion. On top of this dogs provide us with a sense of emotional wellbeing thanks to the unconditional love they give, meaning a dog can help people to recover from personal trauma, such as bereavement and help those with mental health problems to recover and feel better.

Taking your dog for regular walks in or around St Albans and Harpenden really does help improve your fitness levels, and will often mean meeting other dog owners making new friends at the same time as your dog!