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Less Than Half Of Dogs Get Walked Daily, Study Finds

Less Than Half Of Dogs Get Walked Daily, Study Finds

A new study suggests less than half of dogs are being taken on daily walks.

Just over 40 per cent of pooches get taken out by the owners daily, dog food company Forthglade's survey of of 1,500 owners found.

And if they are getting walked, it's not necessarily for long enough. The average weekday dog walk is just 20 minutes, despite guidance suggesting that it should be at least 30 minutes to an hour each day.

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93 per cent of owners said they want to walk their dog more. Credit: Unsplash
93 per cent of owners said they want to walk their dog more. Credit: Unsplash

"Our research highlights a growing need for people to extend their daily dog walks, to really make the most of all the health and wellbeing benefits to both us and our dogs. It's also a wonderful way to nurture the special bond between dogs and owners, which in itself, makes us so happy," said Gerard Lovell, Forthglade Joint Managing Director.

A total of 28 per cent of dog owners confessed to not having enough time to take their dog out every day.

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Owners excuses also included: the dog pulling on the lead (11 per cent), being too tired after work (15 per cent) or that their dog doesn't like go on a walk in bad weather (20 per cent).

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One in five said their dog doesn't like to go out in bad weather. Credit: Unsplash
One in five said their dog doesn't like to go out in bad weather. Credit: Unsplash

Speaking of the results, Dr Carri Westgarth explained: "It sounds obvious to state that regular walks are good for us, but in our busy lives, it's easy for walks to slip by in a hurry, or be put off until tomorrow.

"We want to help people rediscover the joy in walking their dogs and appreciate those moments that are not only benefitting the dog and themselves physically, but also helping us de-stress and improving our mental health."

20 per cent of owners claimed their dogs don't like to be walked in bad weather. Credit: Unsplash
20 per cent of owners claimed their dogs don't like to be walked in bad weather. Credit: Unsplash
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Forthglade has now launched The Great British Dog Walk initiative to try and get owners to talk their four-legged friends on daily walks in the new six-week challenge.

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Topics: Life News, Pets, Real, Dogs

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - [email protected]