It was interesting to read Westgarth et al research on dog walking and physical activity. They mention walking a dog is the main reason for visiting natural environments. The exercise gained from walking a dog helps with keeping fit and keeping weight off. They found that dog walking
is used to meet the emotional needs of the owner as well as the physical needs of the dog.

Some people find they are unable to keep a dog due to being away at certain times and concerns around getting someone to mind the dog. In such cases fostering a dog might be the ideal solution. The dog is left with them until it is adopted.

 Westgarth, C, Christley, RM & Christian, HE (2014) How might we increase physical activity through dog walking?: a comprehensive review of dog walking correlates. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 11, 83.

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