Recent research shows 91% of people surveyed agree dogs have  helped them cope mentally and emotionally during the global crisis @ Richbods


  • Research carried out during the Covid-19 pandemic has shown 3 in 5 (61%) long-term dog owners said their dog was a ‘lifeline in lockdown’
  • Almost half (47%) agreed that their dog helped them with loneliness, and more than a third (36%) said having a dog by their side during the pandemic made them less anxious
  • 91% said that their dog has a positive impact on their mental health and well-being  (The Kennel Club, 2020)


If you are lucky enough to be a dog owner you will probably already know what an emotional support animals are. Reducing loneliness during lockdown and helping owners’ cope mentally during the crisis.

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The research goes on to say  2 in 5 (40%) agreed it was because they kept them active and almost 1 in 3 (32%) said it was because having a dog provided a routine. 61% said their dog was a ‘lifeline in lockdown’ and 29% agreed spending more time with their dog was the best thing about lockdown. Almost half (47%) agreed that their dog helped them feel less lonely, and kept them feeling calm, and more than a third (36%) said having a dog made them less anxious. Almost 1 in 3 (30%) feel their dog was there for them when no one else was.


“These statistics show what anyone who owns or love dogs already know,” commented Bill Lambert, spokesperson for The Kennel Club. “For centuries, through thick and thin, dogs have provided us with unconditional love, loyalty and companionship without any judgment, and clearly that has a positive impact on our mental health.


So with this in mind we wanted to share with you some shots which have been lighting up our Instagram feed this week of your dog’s snowy adventures. Please remember as ever to respect the Countryside code- by keeping dogs under effective control and bagging and binning dog poo.  Also only walk  distances from home as current restrictions. Thank you so much so we can continue to keep our picturesque countryside beautiful and everyone safe.