Some 48% of dog owners have expressed their regret for not being able to spend enough quality time with their dogs as the UK returns to normal, according to a new survey from UK charity Dogs for Good and pet insurer, More Than.
With nearly half of people surveyed purchasing a new puppy during lockdown, 62% of new dog owners stated that they “find it difficult” now to spend quality time with their pooch, compared to 41% of all dog owners.
Four in five respondents (80%) recognised the “positive impact” owning a dog has on their mental health.
The poll found that four in five (81%) dog owners said spending quality time with their dog “makes them feel relaxed and happy”, while 78% believed that getting a dog is one of the “best decisions they’ve ever made”.
However, three in 10 dog owners admit to spending less than five hours of quality time a week with their dogs.
Peter Gorbing, CEO of Dogs for Good, said: “As we gradually return to our busy lives, it can be difficult for dog owners to now dedicate enough quality time with their beloved dogs.
“Of course, tasks like vet visits and socialising our dogs are an important part of being a responsible dog owner, but the companionship and loyalty we feel from quality time with our four-legged friends is incomparable.”
He added: “Our research shows that so many of us appreciate dogs’ affection, loyalty and their innate ability to cheer us up on a bad day. So, when you’re in need of some down time this October, spend it with your four-legged companion.”