Dog Helps People Quit Smoking

Cocker Spaniel Rupert helps coworkers kick the habit.

Posted: March 10, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

A Cocker Spaniel named Rupert has become a media darling in Britain ever since he began helping his “coworkers” to stop smoking.

Twelve smokers at Relay Recruitment in Bradford, England, have given up cigarettes by swapping smoke breaks for a 10-minute walk with Rupert.

“We’re delighted with the effect Rupert has had on staff health and morale,” said Relay Recruitment spokesman David Gatehouse in an interview with the Mirror. “We initially brought him in because we’d seen research that said that having a pet reduces stress and increases a feeling of well-being. We thought we’d bring in a dog so people could make a fuss over him and it would lift morale.”

Then someone suggested walking with Rupert instead of the time-honored smoke break. “The idea caught on,” Gatehouse said.

Managing director Steven Street owns Rupert, who has proven so popular that other members of the staff vie to take him home for the weekend.

Relay Recruitment plans to recruit a staff dog for its three other offices in England.


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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

9/19/2016 3:52:46 AM

That is wonderful that Rupert gets exercise and workers quit smoking. Both of these things are taking both dog and human towards healthy living.

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marlane   mt clemens, MI

1/1/2008 2:24:19 PM

i quit for twenty years, then started up again 5 years ago. i agree that a dog would help. ihave a six year old black cocker spaniel, benny. i used to walk him every day for one hour. then i started smoking and it has all but killed my motivation, for anything. i only do what i absolutely must do(get up, go to work, etc. my dog motivates me to quit. start walking your dog. doggy keeps you company and it's not the least bit boring with a companion. i have estra incentive as well, since my place of work has banned all smoking on the premises, anywhere near, including in your car in the parking lot!

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Sandi   Lake Milton, OH

3/11/2007 12:51:57 PM

What a great idea. The dog not only reduces stress, he helps people quit smoking. Great article.

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samamtha   edmonton, AL

3/11/2007 1:11:48 AM

this is a good idea hope that it cathces on to more company's

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