Dogs Trust has launched a Get A Dog campaign to highlight the benefits of dog ownership for families.

It says children spend more time playing indoors on technology than before and it is keen to inspire families to start making technology-free memories this summer.

The charity has also created a playful video that demonstrates the humorous inadequacy of a tablet or games console compared to the fun that can be had with a pet, and encourages parents to consider getting a family dog.

A survey found parents cited the family dog as a distraction for youngsters ordinarily glued to technology, with 42 per cent saying the family took more exercise because of their pet dog and 44 per cent thinking their dog was their child’s best friend.

In the survey, conducted for Dogs Trust on www.onepoll.com last summer, 2,000 parents with children up to the age of 18 were questioned. Asked about their own childhoods, a vast majority said growing up with a dog was a positive part.

Dogs Trust chief executive Adrian Burder said the school summer holidays were a fantastic time to introduce a dog to the family because children were around to enjoy those “special first months” together.

“No one remembers a day spent gaming, but a family day out making memories with your dog won’t be forgotten,” he said. “It’s time to put down the tablet, walk away from the games console and get a dog.Dogs Trust has 20 rehoming centres across the UK, full of rescue dogs ready and waiting.”

To watch the video, visit https://youtu.be/gU6Ht3hM_Rs

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