Friday November 24, 2017

Not Health, But Happiness Is the Reason behind Outdoor Dog Walking

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Family walk with dog. Pixabay

Washington, Sep 03, 2017: What impels the ‘Dog Walking’? Is it the health concern? No. Dog owners choose outdoors to walk their dogs in the light of the fact that it makes them exhilarated, not because of other well-being and social advantages, indicated a new study.

The study was conducted by the University of Liverpool which interviews 26 dog owners and recorded their perceptions and experiences of dog walking, mentioned ANI.

The researchers studied that while the dog owners may state the reason they go strolling is the dog’s health, however, the point of their enhanced satisfaction and prosperity is clear.

These sentiments of happiness, nevertheless, are dependent upon the dog owner trusting that their dog is getting charged out of the walk as well. Anything that undermines this, for example, behavior issues makes it unlikely to walk.

Heightened physical movement and social connections with other dog owners were observed to be a bonus but seldom rousing.

Study lead Dr. Carri Westgarth said that the factors that motivate dog walking are incredibly complex, “yet we know they can strongly motivate human health behavior. It is crucial to understand why owners walk their dogs if we are to be able to effectively promote owners to walk their dogs more.”

Also Read: Owning a Dog may help Older Adults to be more Active: Study 

Westgarth further added: “It’s clear from our findings that dog walking is used to meet the emotional needs of the owner as well as the needs of the dog. This may explain why pilot dog walking interventions with messages focused on health or social benefits have not been particularly successful.

“Possible key points for future interventions to increase dog walking are to promote how it may increase the dogs, and thus the owner’s, happiness,” he concluded.

The study appears in the journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.


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Owning a Dog may help Older Adults to be more Active: Study

The study showed that dog owners aged 65 and over spent on average an additional 22 minutes walking

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Owning a dog may help older adults meet physical activity levels. Wikimedia
  • The study highlighted that pet ownership may help older people achieve higher levels of physical activity
  • The study showed that dog owners aged 65 and over spent on average an additional 22 minutes walking
  • Dog owners had fewer sedentary events in compared to non-dog owners

London June 9, 2017: Owning a dog may help older adults meet physical activity levels recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, researchers suggest.

The study showed that dog owners aged 65 and over spent on average an additional 22 minutes walking, taking an extra 2,760 steps per day when compared to people who didn’t own a dog.

“Over the course of a week this additional time spent walking may in itself be sufficient to meet WHO recommendations of at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity,” said lead author Philippa Dall, doctoral student at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland.

Further, dog owners had fewer sedentary events — continuous periods of sitting down — than non-dog owners.

“Our results indicate that dog ownership may play an important role in encouraging older adults to walk more,” added Nancy Gee from WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition — a Britain-based research organisation.

For the study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, the team used data on patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in 43 dog owners and 43 controls, aged 65 years and over.

The researchers monitored the time spent walking moderately, time spent standing, total time spent sitting, as well as the number of times people sat down and how long they sat down for.

The study highlighted that pet ownership may help older people achieve higher levels of physical activity or maintain their physical activity levels for a longer period of time, which could improve their prospects for a better quality of life, improved or maintained cognition, and perhaps, even overall longevity. (IANS)