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Walking the dog makes for a healthier dog owner and a happier community, a new study finds. The study, from The University of Western Australia (UWA) in collaboration with the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition, found that dog walkers are physically active on more days of the week and dog walking can help people feel safer in their neighborhood.
People who walked their dog achieved at least 30 minutes of physical activity on more days per week than non-dog walkers, helping them to meet the World Health Organization recommendation of at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. The study also highlights the broader community benefits of pet ownership.
Almost 60 per cent of dog walkers in Australia and the US reported feeling safer when walking with their dog and women who walked their dogs were more likely than men to feel safer.