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Am J Public Health. 2008 Jan;98(1):66-9. Epub 2007 Nov 29.

Understanding dog owners' increased levels of physical activity: results from RESIDE.

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  • 1The RESIDE Project, School of Population Health (M707), The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia. hayley.cutt@uwa.edu.au

Abstract

We examined the influence of dog ownership on physical activity, independent of demographic, intrapersonal, and perceived environmental factors, in a cross-sectional survey of 1813 adults. Although only 23% of the dog owners walked their dogs 5 or more times per week, the adjusted odds of achieving sufficient physical activity and walking were 57% to 77% higher among dog owners compared with those not owning dogs (P< .05). Dog ownership was independently associated with physical activity and walking. Actively encouraging more dog walking may increase community physical activity levels.

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