Its Canine Charter for Human Health says research shows that dog owners make fewer visits to their doctor, owning a dog can reduce stress and blood pressure and dog walking improves health.
A supporting survey of 1,000 UK individuals found that 80% of dog owners and 61% of non-dog owners agreed a dog could reduce stress or blood pressure. Also 96% of dog owners and 88% of non-dog owners thought that owning a dog increases the amount of exercise done.
The charter was launched by GP and presenter of Channel Four's Embarrassing Illnesses Dr Christian Jessen.
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