Dog walking

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A dog walking service
A dog being walked

Dog walking is the act of a person walking with a dog, typically from the dog's residence and then returning. This constitutes part of the daily exercise regime needed to keep a dog healthy.[1] It also provides exercise and companionship for the walker.[2]

Description[edit]

Many cities encourage dog walkers to pick up after their pets by providing free baggies along popular paths or in parks, such as this one in Yorba Linda, California.

In the UK, The Kennel Club conducted a survey of 1,000 dog owners and found that one in five did not walk their dogs on a daily basis.[3]

Dogs are walked with a collar around their neck, or a dog harness,[4] or by following their owner by familiarity and verbal control. Commonly the dog is walked by the owner, or another family member, but there are also professional dog walkers.[5]

The dog often reacts and becomes excited when the owner says "Walkies" to it as it knows that it is going out for a walk.

Health benefits[edit]

A study by Michigan State University showed that people who walk their dogs are 34% more likely to meet expected levels of exercise, with a recommended level of 150 minutes of activity such as dog walking per week. Matthew Reeves, the co-author of the study said, "There is no magic bullet in getting people to reach those benchmarks but walking a dog has a measurable impact."[6]

Also according to the Health Benefits Channel showed that people who walk their dogs could regulate their blood pressure, build up muscles and bone strength and decreased stress. There are also some great benefits for your dog the study showed that walking your dog at less two times a week, can help with your dog's overall health, for example, there have a lot of cases of dogs having issues with obesity and because of this many dogs have started to develop health problems like osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, liver disease. So walking your dog a few times a week can lower your four leg companion chances of dealing with one of these health issues.

Research conducted by the University of Western Australia has discovered that walking your dog helps build relationships in your community research showed that people in the community would acknowledge and greet other people in the street exchange favors with neighbors which can encourage more exercise in the community giving pet and owners a chance at a healthier life.

Professional dog walkers[edit]

This professional dog walker on skates is pulled rapidly down a street by six dogs in Summit, New Jersey.

Professional dog walkers, both individuals and businesses, are paid by dog owners to walk their dogs for them. Some dog walkers will take many dogs for a walk at once, while others will not.[5] Also growing in popularity is dog running. Dog runners are professionals who will take your dog running, usually between 1 and 10 miles for a set fee, usually not more than 2 dogs at a time.[7] In some jurisdictions dog walking businesses must be licensed and have animal first-aid-trained employees. Professional dog walking services can be obtained locally or through online referral services.[8]

In the United States, the first professional dog walker is believed to have been Jim Buck, who in 1960 launched his dog walking service in New York City.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Are new rules woof justice for pooches?". Grimsby Telegraph. thisisgrimsby.co.uk. 29 May 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Bumgardner, Wendy (13 November 2008). "Dog Owners Get Twice as Much Exercise - Dog Walking for Exercise". About.com. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Derbyshire, David (6 August 2010). "Walkies? Fat chance. One in five dog owners too lazy to take their pets out every day". Mail Online. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Shaw, Lorrie (5 May 2010). "Commercialism: coming to a pet near you". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Smith, Mark (5 May 2010). "Lawyer wants to bring dog walkers to heel". The Scotsman. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Walkies Not Just For Dogs". Daily Express. 12 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "example dog runner". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Jill Priluck (December 8, 2010). "The founder's life for young VCs". CNN-Money-Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 2010-12-07. In early 2009, ... Ringwelski launched SkillSlate, a site that organizes handymen, dogwalkers, massage therapists and other solos through profiles and ratings the same way dating sites corral singles. 
  9. ^ Fox, Margalit (12 July 2013). "Jim Buck, Who Made Walking Dogs a Job, Dies at 81". New York Times. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 

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