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Dog Owners Exercise More If They Walk Their Dogs

March 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment ·
 
 

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Walking your dog is no longer just a way to meet your dog’s bathroom needs. I came across this interesting research shows that dog owners walk an average of 300 minutes (5 hours) a week whereas people without dogs walk about 168 minutes (less than 3 hours) a week. Look as if an indirect benefits of having a dog will actually make you walk more. It is better than sitting at the couch watching TV.

I do not have a dog at home, not because I do not like dog, but because my current place does not have the room for it. My brother has a Rottweiler and he told me that he walks his dog twice a day. The dog loves it. When the dog was younger, he used to run with my brother, but now, he is getting older and getting slower nowadays.

Here are few tips shared by my brother:

  • Carry water for both you and the pet. You can use your hand as water dish for the dog.
  • Take the dog out in the late evening. If you are walking the dog in the afternoon, find a shady place.
  • Get your friend and his dog to walk together. Not only you have someone to talk to, but it will also provide your pooch with canine companionship too.
  • You can get a pedometer to help you recording how many steps you have made while walking your dog.

Though walking a dog may make you exercise more, do not get a dog purely for that reason. Having a dog adds more responsibility, in terms of your time and money.

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  • nisey b // Apr 12, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    THIS IS SO TRUE! After years of “Princess” being chained in the yard and me chained to the couch, I recently had an attack of conscience and began walking her (at least) twice a day, 30 minutes at a time. I am happy to report that, I have since lost 6 lbs. I’m sleeping better and feel great. “Princess is thriving too. We’ve given up our respective thrones and now she and I (The Queen) truly rule!

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