Updated 11/09/2011 05:00 AM
Pet Pointers: Good reasons for walking your dog
There are dozens of reasons why you should walk with your dog every day. In this edition of Pet Pointers, Lisa Chelenza tells you about a few.
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Whether you are the pet parent of a pampered pooch or a born athlete, dogs of all shapes and sizes love to walk. Statistics show human companions who walk with dogs are not only healthier, but happier.
A 20 minute walk each day can help you fight obesity, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and depression.
According to the American Exercise Council, those walking with their dogs are also more enthusiastic and are inspired to walk, because we hate to disappoint our pets. With two thirds of walks being strictly pet inspired many respondents saying they probably wouldn't walk at all if not for their dog.
Research also shows that pet parents out for a stroll with their dogs walk more often and walk faster than, people who walk without dogs.
Aside from making you more fit, by sharing even a short walk, the human-animal bond is strengthened and basic training and commands are also reinforced.
One more unexpected bonus to taking a lap with your lap dog is the possibility of making a new friend or even a potential love connection. Pets are a great ice breaker for otherwise shy people and can sometimes be a conversation starter between strangers who wind up becoming walking buddies.