Dream job pays you £20-an-hour to work from home looking at pictures of cute dogs

Dog fans have the chance to earn £20 an hour looking at pictures of their canine friends.

Raw dog food company, ProDog Raw, is looking to recruit 10 people to look at pictures of puppies as part of a study to test whether dogs on social media can alleviate stress levels.

Participants will get to work from home for the day-long experiment and will have to wear a heart rate monitor to test their stress level while looking at pictures of puppies.

The research comes as three-quarters of Brits (73 per cent) declared they preferred looking at photos of dogs and cats in their social feed, rather than at someone’s selfie, based on a survey of 1,402 people.

And 64 per cent said they would be more likely to engage with an animal post than a human one on social media.

Each recruit will wear a heart rate monitor while going about their normal daily activities, except for taking hourly breaks to look at a series of pre-prepared dog images.

The heart rate data will then be collected and analysed by a doctor to identify any key findings.

To get reliable and accurate readings the company is requiring the participants to have no underlying health conditions that may affect their heart rate including high blood pressure or Arrhythmia.

Applicants should ideally have a desk-based job where they won’t be doing manual work or activities that may increase their heart rate.

People interested in taking part must be between 18 and 60 years old, use social media, and have access to a device where they can use the internet.

Heidi Maskelyne, founder of ProDog Raw said: “We as a nation love to share pictures and videos of our four-legged friends, and it turns out we love to see and interact with them too.

“It is scientifically proven that our pets can relieve stress, but there’s not much research on whether simply looking at a picture of a dog can help calm a person’s mood.