Pets are boosting our morale and productivity in lockdown, study shows

Getting through lockdown has been tough, but our four-legged friends have made it a little easier.

New research shows pets have helped owners work from home by boosting morale and reducing stress.

While it might seem like they are simply snoozing all day or pestering for treats, it turns out our pets have been doing wonders for our health.  

A study, led by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, has revealed how much humans have relied on cats and dogs during lockdown.

Out of the 2,000 individuals surveyed, four in 10 said that having a pet in lockdown helped them maintain a regular routine.

Similarly, 58% said working from home with a pet has helped boost productivity and motivation.

It seems people have been turning to their pets for social interaction, too – with 12 per cent admitting to complaining about their workload to their pet and 13 per cent saying they spoke about work life in general to them.

But the benefits don’t stop there.

Almost half (43%) revealed that their pet had reduced their anxiety and 60% said their furry friend helped them to get out of bed in the morning.

Battersea ambassador David Gandy has been spending lockdown with his Battersea dog, Dora – alongside his partner’s mum’s rescue pooches.

David said: ‘Even though there have been frustrations with the necessary restrictions during lockdown, the dogs are blissfully oblivious to what is happening.

‘They may indeed actually be enjoying it, with longer walks and more attention and playtime than ever before.

‘No matter where I am or what I’m doing, the three dogs are by my side, laying a head on my knee through hours of Zoom calls and helping me out in the land and garden from morning until night.

‘Dogs provide us with so much and ask very little back, just a walk, some food and a cuddle.They are an integral part in our lives every day but especially the past few months.’

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