This is a community project for the Brighton area and we need your help to make it happen!
The aim of this project is to help combat loneliness for dogs and older people.
How? I assume you ask?
When you go to work does your dog stay home alone?
There are lots of older people at home that would like a bit of company.
Do you get where I am going with this?
No?
Ok,what if,when you went to work you dropped your dog of with a local old person that could do with some company?
Then your dog would have some company and so would the older person.
Are you getting it now?
Good.

Then me,the older people and the dogs need your help!
I need to find people to take part in a pilot so that we can make this happen.
Do you know and older person that would like some company?
Do you have a dog that would be suitable?
The project will be completely free for the older person.
The dog owner will have to pay a small amount for this service.
£20 for me to vet your dog and £5 a week for admin costs and in case I have to take the dog for the day.
If you have already seen me for dog training then I don't have to vet your dog and you don't have to pay the £20.
It's like dog day care but better!

Not only do the dogs get lonely they also suffer from stress.
To support my case I have supplied some literature on the subject:

Zoologist Dr John Bradshaw spoke about this  it in the daily mail: Dogs left at home on their own can suffer extreme stress and fear even if the owner is away for only a short time.
Dr Bradshaw, who recently became director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol, has spent ten years examining dog behaviour and has developed a range of psychological techniques to cure dogs of their loneliness.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-170813/Why-dogs-hate-alone.html#ixzz1Y2IEfZj4

This is what More than pet insurance had to say on the matter:

According to the survey, which interviewed 350 vets and 1,700 pet owners nationwide, eight out of ten vets have seen cases of pets with behavioural problems because they have been left ‘home alone’, despite the fact 70% of pet owners wanted their animal for companionship. Nearly one in five pet owners also admit to changes in their pet’s behaviour from leaving them alone.

Read more: http://newsroom.morethan.com/home-alone-pets_106

Then there is the health benefits for older people of owning a dog.

Countless studies have shown that having a canine companion in one's life, especially an elderly person, can help reduce blood pressure.

Other studies have shown that a dog can help increase a person's chances of surviving a heart attack, as well as assist people with Alzheimer's disease.

"Studies have shown that Alzheimer's patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home," according to Lynette Hart, associate professor at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Read more: http://www.dogland.co.uk/therightdogforaroundseniors.html

All of the images belong to Google I only own the rights to the top one as she is my nan and the inspiration to this idea.

For you nan. X

Make a Free Website with Yola.