Are dog owners are more physically fit?

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University of Liverpool study suggests dog owners are more physically fit than people without pets.

The findings of the study were published on April 18 in the Scientific Reports journal.

The study was conducted in West Cheshire, UK and included these components:

  • 385 households
  • 191 dog owning adults
  • 455 non-dog owning adults
  • 46 children

University of Liverpool Lecturer Dr. Carri Westgarth said: “Our findings provide support for the role of pet dogs in promoting and maintaining positive health behaviours such as walking. Without dogs, it is likely that population physical activity levels would be much lower. The health benefits of dog ownership should be recognised and facilitated through the provision of dog-supportive walking environments and pet-friendly housing; failure of planning and policy makers to provide these may significantly damage population levels of physical activity.”

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