‘Man's best friend’ has been a way to describe dogs for many years however they don’t only serve as loyal friends they also positively influence our mental health and overall wellbeing.  

Guide dogs support and help those who are in need of their service, however these dogs are not a recent invention – service animals date back to the mid 16th century then in 1780 the first attempted of systematic training for these dogs became known. As many know, these guide dogs go under vigorous training to ensure they can safely help their person. After completing the training that stretches over 18 months the dog meets its intended partner which will soon become its long-term companion. Although it's tempting, these dogs should never be petted whilst working, as its important they are not distracted. 

Similar to guide dogs, our home pets help relieve stress and anxiety as it increases levels of the oxytocin (the feel-good hormone) similar to hormone that bonds mother and baby. During lockdown, many people adopted dogs as they demand daily activity – giving the owners a reason to enjoy a walk and remain active themselves. Furthermore, they provided companionship for those whole were isolated by themselves ensuring their owner remained happy.  

Many dog owners don’t realise how much of a positive effect their pet has on them. Without the special creatures many would be lost and unfamiliar with the concept of not caring for their dog. Hopefully, guide dogs can continue to help those who need it and many dog owners around the country can appreciate their pooch just a little bit more.