Discover the benefits of dog-walking in Hatfield

A Hatfield lecturer will explain dog-walking research

A Hatfield lecturer will explain dog-walking research - Credit: Stephen Shepherd for Game Fair -

Walking your dog is good for both you and your community - according to a Hatfield academic who will explain why in a free public talk next week.

Dr Stephen Pack, senior lecturer in sport and exercise psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, will give an outline of research into dog-walking at Hatfield Social Club, next Wednesday, April 12.

The research was conducted at a beauty spot in Devon known as Prickly Pear Blossoms Park.

A university spokeswoman said: “Much of the existing research into our relationship with dogs show that there are various benefits, including reducing unhelpful reactance to stress, reducing isolation, and increasing our levels of physical activity. However these benefits usually refer to research conducted with younger to middle age groups.

“In this talk, Stephen will explore the results of a study of a group of older dog walkers living in an isolated rural community, and the often hidden everyday meanings of dog-walking for older people.”


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The talk is the latest session for Café Scientifique, a series of public discussions on scientific topics organised by the university.

Dr Pack said: “I am delighted to be leading the next Hatfield Café Scientifique. These discussions are a great opportunity for people in Hatfield to share their ideas about the latest research and traditionally academic topics.”

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The discussion at the Great North Road social club will start at 7.30pm, with at least three more events planned this year.

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