Dogs and Exercise

With concern growing about the level of obesity in children and adults, the role of dogs in increasing exercise levels has become an important area of research. Australian researchers have been at the forefront of this area and there is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that the improved health status of dog owners may, in part, be explained by the increased walking facilitated by dog ownership.





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