Heart health linked to owning a dog, science explains

APR 01, 2020 AT 12:29 PM

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Earlier studies have also proven that dog owners who regularly walk their pets are 34% more likely to reach the necessary level of daily physical activity.  What’s even more exciting is that researchers have found walking a dog is not just an exercise substitute for other physical activities. Those of us who have dogs as pets tend to have more moderate and vigorous physical activities in our lives, daily, than other people.  These include sports, dancing, and gardening in addition to spending time with your pup.

 

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Other findings revealed that young and elderly people walk their pets more often and therefore, have higher health benefits.  Moreover, dogs one year of age or younger and dogs of large breeds were walked more often and for longer periods of time, respectively. Apart from making us walk more, the human-dog bond has an overall positive effect on our quality of life.  Just from being around your dog, you’re a happier version of yourself.  Doctors believe that public campaigns promoting responsible dog ownership are a good step on the way to a healthier, happier society.