Pets owners and exercise; Who’s really walking who?

Purdue researchers said  people are more motivated to walk their dog if it benefits their pet. (WLFI Photo)
Purdue researchers said people are more motivated to walk their dog if it benefits their pet. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Who’s walking who? Purdue researchers are studying potential health benefits for people walking their dog.

Researchers said one study suggests that people are more motivated to walk their dog if it benefits their pet. The study found that the group of dog owners who received emails promoting ways for dog and owner to be healthy, walked their dog about 80 minutes a week.

However, pet owners in the group that didn’t receive the email tips walked their dog only 17 minutes a week.

Purdue assistant professor Libby Richards said she believes dogs help people find the motivation to exercise.

“For the most part, a dog is not going to tell you they don’t want to go for a walk. They’ll always have time for you. They’ll be excited and energetic about going for a walk, which can make the walk a fun activity,” Richards said.

A second study, similar to this one will begin soon. Richards said she is looking for people with dogs to conduct the study. If you are interesting in being involved, contact Libby Richards at 765-496-9463 or visit Purdue’s School of Nursing.

 

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