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Why Dogs And Owners Often Miss Out On The Benefits Of Walking

August 26, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
People and their pet dogs would benefit greatly if there were more access to dog-friendly walking environments and better education about dogs’ physical needs, according to a review of international scientific papers by British scientists. In the U.K., a quarter of households own dogs, but as many as 40 percent of dog owners do not regularly walk their dog. Two key problems were found in the 31 studies surveyed: dog owners often are unaware of how much exercise a dog should get; and pet owners often lacked access to parks where dogs were allowed off-leash and waste-disposal facilities were provided. The result is that both pets and their owners miss out on the health benefits of dog walking.
Carri Westgarth et al., "How might we increase physical activity through dog walking?: A comprehensive review of dog walking correlates. ", International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, August 26, 2014, © BioMed Central Ltd
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