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MORE than nine out of ten dog owners (95%) say their four-legged friend has been critical in helping them deal with the stress of the COVID-19 lockdown.

However, the new study also revealed that canines have felt the pressure of the pandemic themselves with 37% of British owners claiming their pets have experienced stress as a result of restrictions.

The survey of more than 1000 British dog owners, for, gives a fascinating insight into how critical dogs have been to people’s mental health over the last 12 months.

Rémi Andrivet, founder of, said owning a dog had clearly helped people deal with the loneliness and isolation that has come from lockdown restrictions.

He said: “The results of this survey are yet more proof that dog truly is ‘man’s best friend’.


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