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Am J Health Behav. 2015 Jul;39(4):500-6. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.39.4.6.

Prevalence of dog walking and sociodemographic characteristics of dog walkers in the U. S.: an update from 2001.

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Purdue University School of Nursing, West Lafayette, IN, USA. erichards@purdue.edu.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To describe and estimate the prevalence of dog walking using a nationwide sample.

METHODS:

2009 National Household Travel Survey data (N = 5100) were analyzed for: duration of dog walks, number of dog walks/day, total dog walking minutes/day.

RESULTS:

In a one-day period, 67% of dog walkers took at least one walk ≥ 10 minutes, 20% walked a dog for at least 30 minutes, and 28% took more than one dog walk. Older participants and participants with children were more likely to accumulate ≥ 30 minutes of dog walking in a one-day period.

CONCLUSIONS:

A majority of dog walks occurred in bouts ≥ 10 minutes, suggesting dog walking is a legitimate form of health-enhancing physical activity which contributes to meeting physical activity guidelines.

PMID:
26018098
DOI:
10.5993/AJHB.39.4.6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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