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Playful Pups the Key to Kiwis’ Health

Playful Pups the Key to Kiwis’ Health

A new survey by the BENEFUL team shows that play has a crucial role to play in New Zealanders’ overall wellbeing – 94% of Kiwis surveyed identified that it is very important for physical, mental and emotional health.

Yet despite these indisputable results, more than 60% of Kiwis don’t think they play enough. However, the solution to this conundrum may be simple – get a dog!

Almost 80% of people who have a dog believe that their pups help them to play more, and equally almost 80% of people who don’t have dogs believe that having a dog would help them play more!

Perhaps it’s because dogs have a sense of humour, say 78% of New Zealanders. Or it might be the fact that Kiwis identified that playing with a dog enables them to be silly, forget their worries and relieve stress.

Interestingly, women are more likely than men to really let loose when playing with a dog, with over 75% of women saying they put on a silly voice when playing with their dog and over 60% saying that normal rules for their pet go out the window while they and their dog are playing.

As far as favourite play times go, the number one choice with New Zealanders and their canine friends is (drum roll please) – fetch! Fetch came out in top spot over other such favourites as tug of war, wrestling, dodge and hide and seek.

Plus, play isn’t just for the dog – almost 85% of dog-owning Kiwis play with their dog for both their own and the dog’s benefit, compared to a meagre 17% of Kiwis who play with dogs for the dog’s benefit only.

BENEFUL spokesperson and pet care expert, Shivaun Statham, says that play is an essential part of a dog’s life – but is underestimated in its benefits for humans, too.

“Dogs are playful by nature, and it’s extremely stimulating for them to have that fun, spontaneous engagement with their owners. However, play is great for people too! I know that when I play with my dog – Basil – I always feel so carefree, happy and peaceful. It seems that most Kiwis feel the same way!”

Play – it’s good for you®.


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