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Study Shows Dogs With More Active Owners Get More Exercise And Helps Keep Owners Fit

By: Lifestyle Desk

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Last Updated: August 25, 2022, 18:13 IST

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Make your pets your partner in everything, head out for a walk or maybe just play catch with them.(Representative Image: Shutterstock)

Make your pets your partner in everything, head out for a walk or maybe just play catch with them.(Representative Image: Shutterstock)

Daily workout sessions can get exhausting and monotonous but burning calories with your pet around can prove to be super amazing and will give both of you some quality time as well.

Dog owners who spend more time exercising themselves often tend to exercise their dogs, according to a new study. The researchers found that more active owners are also more likely to evaluate their dog’s body weight as optimum.

The findings of the research were published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Obese dogs may face a number of health problems, such as diabetes and

cardiac disease, and concerns about dog obesity are increasing worldwide.

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Earlier research has identified associations between dogs’ body weight and

diet, exercise, and sociodemographic factors.

However, those studies tended to be small and focused on individual countries.

For a broader, international perspective, Banton and colleagues analyzed

results from a survey of 3,298 dog owners living in France, Germany, the United

Kingdom, Canada and the United States. The survey included questions about

both owners’ and dogs’ diet and exercise routines and each owner’s perception

of their dog’s body weight.

Analysis of the survey responses showed that dogs were more likely to get

more exercise if their owners spent more time exercising themselves. More

active owners were also more likely to perceive their dog as having an ideal

body weight.

Compared to owners in other countries, owners in Germany tended to exercise their dogs for a longer time, were more likely to perceive their dog’s body weight as ideal, and were less likely to report having been told that their dog was overweight.

Among dogs who were 5 years old and older, owners were less likely to perceive

their dog as having an ideal body weight if they had been told their dog was

overweight, if they reported attempting to control their dog’s weight by

limiting food intake, and if they reported giving dogs other foods, such as

treats, every day.

The findings suggest that many owners may attempt to control dogs’ body

weight through diet, but not through exercise. The researchers, therefore, call

for veterinarians to be given more resources to help owners develop exercise

routines to avoid weight gain in dogs.

Sydney Banton adds: “Results from the survey revealed that feeding practices

play the main role in owner perception of their dog being overweight, while

exercise practices play the main role in owner perception of their dog being an

ideal weight. While many weight loss strategies for dogs focus on feeding, this

data highlights the need to incorporate exercise into weight loss regimens."

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first published:August 25, 2022, 18:13 IST
last updated:August 25, 2022, 18:13 IST