Does Your Dog Motivate You to Get Out and Walk?
March 2011. An article that I recently read states:
"Several studies now show that dogs can be powerful motivators to get people moving. Not only are dog owners more likely to take regular walks, but new research shows that dog walkers are more active over all than people
who don't have dogs." Click to read the article.
On the other hand, another article that I read says:
"More than half of America's pets are obese." Click to read the article.
Why are pets obese? Because owners feed them too much, don't exercise them enough, and don't recognize when their pet is gaining too much weight. Obviously, many dog owners do not walk the dog.
So are you one of those people who gets out with the dog for a good healthy daily walk?
Well, here's my story...
I walk my Basset Hound, Hunter, on weekdays for about 30 to 45 minutes daily. My goal is to get him out everyday. Once in a while I miss a day for some reason or other (too busy, extreme weather, sick, etc...). The Husband usually takes care of it on weekends.
I also try to exercise regularly on my own. But, I do admit... if I didn't have the dog, I wouldn't go for that daily walk.
I also admit... a few years ago my vet told me that Hunter was chubby. Not obese but, 5 pounds over weight. I stopped walking him right after my daughter was born and he gained weight due to a lack of daily exercise and being fed too much. I put him on a diet as instructed and started walking him again and he lost the weight.
I want my dog to be healthy and happy. So to answer my own question... Yes, my dog does motivate me to get out and walk.
How about you?