Initially the internet was perceived as an amazing escape from the humdrum of everyday life. But after years of technological revolution, people are questioning their online habit and looking for real life solutions to escape digital dependency. Cuddling and caring for a friendly dog could be the perfect solution to distract us from digital devices, suggest local dog lovers from Barking Mad Enfield and Harlow.

In media regulator Ofcom’s annual Communications Market Report in August 2018, a decade of digital dependency was highlighted. Survey data showed that one in five people spend more than 40 hours a week online and British people are checking their smartphones every 12 minutes.

These shocking statistics highlight the negative effects that spending too much time online can have on significant numbers of people. The report said that some people feel that they are always at work while 54% of people surveyed admitted that connected devices interrupt face to face conversations with friends and family.

Dogs have been proven to encourage us to exercise, get out and about more and generally improve our wellbeing.

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Mandy Joy, of Barking Mad Enfield and Harlow, says: “We are currently seeking more hosts in the local area to care for dogs whose owners are away. This is an ideal opportunity for retired people, home workers, families, or teaching professionals, to experience the joy and life enhancing benefits of canine companionship, at a time to suit them.

“Cuddling and caring for a lovely dog provides real interaction and exercise. We witness families’ leisure time being transformed by visiting dogs. The dogs arrive with all their own food, bedding, toys and treats, with all insurance and administration taken care of by us. There is no need to provide anything other than your time and affection and a loving home environment. If you are real dog lovers and have some free time, we would love to hear from you!”

To find out more about becoming a Barking Mad host, you can call Mandy Joy on 01992 350191 or visit