Most people will have been mid conversation at some point when a beeping phone has interrupted the chat, someone has glanced away to check their social media accounts on their tablet or they just haven't paid attention at all due to game play on the latest console. Technology can have a big impact on family life and it may be a real distraction on a daily basis. You might even find it a struggle to shift your children from the sofa to stretch their legs out at the park in the sunshine but Dogs Trust have now suggested that getting a fluffy companion might be the answer!
Dogs Trust have collaborated with the BAFTA award-winning creative agency Don’t Panic to create the fun video above, which shows that getting a dog can be far more rewarding than technology! Dogs teach children about caring for others while providing responsibility and they really do become a special part of the family, just like our dog Spartan.
The film coincides with the 'Get A Dog' campaign launch to encourage families to adopt a dog and to make the most out of the summer and beyond. The children of today's nation seem to be glued to their mobile phones, or other devices, but a recent survey showed that 42% of families take more exercise due to having a pet which is definitely physically beneficial, especially with obesity on the increase.
Nearly half of the parents questioned said their dog is viewed as their child's best friend and when asked about their own childhoods having a dog while growing up had a positive impact on their childhood.
• 69% of parents surveyed grew up with a dog and of those, 93% believe their family pet enriched their own childhood.
• Of those surveyed who felt their family dog enriched their childhood, 39% said it taught them responsibility.
• Now that they are parents themselves, over half (54%) of those polled who had a pet dog when they were younger now have one for their own children
Dogs Trust Chief Executive, Adrian Burder, comments:
“The summer holidays are a fantastic time to introduce a new dog to your family because the kids are around to enjoy those special first months together. It’s time to put down the iPad and walk away from the Xbox and… get a dog. Dogs Trust has 20 Rehoming Centres across the UK, full of rescue dogs ready and waiting to start making memories with you and your family.”
Dogs Trust has also launched an online campaign at www.dogstrust.org.uk to get the nation opening up their family photo album and sharing their favourite childhood photo moment with their dog online. You can join in with the #GetADog hashtag too.
Have you thought about adopting a dog?
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