With new research finding that almost two thirds of dog owners (63%) are unable to switch off from screen time whilst on the daily dog walk, we’ve teamed up with Certified Dog Behaviourist Caroline Wilkinson and Clinical Psychologist Linda Blair, co-founders of ‘Mindful Living & Our Dogs’ to discover the benefits of walking more mindfully with our four-legged friends.
Linda Blair studied psychology at Wellesley College and Harvard University in America, then trained as a clinical psychologist at the Maudsley Hospital (University of London). She’s worked in the NHS, for the Medical Research Council and at the Universities of Cambridge and Bath, and she’s had a private clinical psychology practice for 35 years.
She now writes a weekly column, ‘Mind Healing’, for The Daily Telegraph. She’s written five self-help books, and has been a regular columnist for the Guardian, The Times, the Daily Mail, and Psychologies magazine. Linda also broadcasts frequently on radio stations including BBC World Service, Radio 4, Radio 5, and she’s often seen on TV (Sky News, ITV, BBC) as an expert on matters psychological. She’s a Patron for Ways With Words Literature Festivals, and is also in demand as a speaker for businesses, schools, and other organisations.
Caroline Wilkinson is a Certified Animal Behaviourist. As the Founder of the online learning space Barket Place, Caroline has a passion for improving connections between human and hound, with a focus on relationships and reduction of stress for canines living in a human world.
Caroline is committed to using only the most positive, kind, fair and effective training methods. She is part of the writing team at Edition Dog Magazine and has been approved full membership of INTO!Dogs and The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She is part of the International School of Canine Psychology and Behaviour Affiliation Programme, increasing cooperation and collaboration between students and teachers within all areas of canine study, for the benefit of all.
If you'd like to take up the 5-day guide to mindful dog walks, written by our mindfulness experts, click here.
To find out more about our Great British Dog Walk Challenge campaign, click here.