Walk A Hound, Lose A Pound


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It turns out walking your dog is as good for you as it is for your dogs.

Listen to conversation from my national radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, with Dr. Rebecca Johnson,.

Johnson is the director of the research center for human/animal interactions at the University of Missouri. Her latest book, “Walk A Hound, Lose A Pound.”

It’s so simple, so brilliant and so scientifically proven true by Johnson, that just walking a dog:

– Gives you positive love and affirmation

– A dog is an ideal partner dependably there for you to take a daily walk

– Offers a social lubricant (as you meet other people with dogs, and others who may admire your dog)

– It simply good exercise for you and your dog

– Endorphins released when you walk can change your mood/outlook for the better (and similar positive endorphins are released in dogs….and sniffing grass, sign posts, fire hydrants is very stimulating to canine senses)

– Physical exercise turns out to be good for your brain (and your dog’s).

– You’ll have a better sense of what’s really going on in your neighborhood. Police know this, and often talk to people with dogs about what’s going on in the ‘hood.

– Offers a social capital, making a neighborhood more ‘livable’ and even safer.

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