Friday, 28 October 2016

Dogs for life

It’s official – dog owners in the UK are fitter and healthier than people without dogs, according to a new study.

The research has indicated that people who own a dog are likely to exercise at least three times more a week than the rest of the nation, as they walk or run for an average of 74 minutes every day. Dog owners on average walk a whopping 1092 miles a year in comparison to just 364 miles walked by those who don't have a one.

The research found that not only did owning a dog affect the amount of walking a person does, but also that dog walkers were more active overall. As well as walking around the neighbourhood daily, it emerged dog owners are more likely to walk rather than always jumping in the car. In contrast, people who don't own a dog only keep fit twice a week, and walk for just 18 minutes a day. Owning a dog is not just great for your body, it also keeps your mind healthy by reducing stress and allowing you to unwind.
A spokeswoman for Butcher's Pet Care, which commissioned the research into 2,000 dog owners, said: "It's fantastic that owners and their dogs involved in our research are so fit and healthy with the majority going for walks at least twice a day, and this is having a positive impact on their owner's health which is great to see.

"We know dog owners will walk far more than the average adult, as exercising their dog becomes part of their daily routine. Rather than relaxing in the garden dog owners are likely to be running around playing, and instead of nipping down the corner shop in the car, they'll put the dog on the lead and walk.

"There are also some great social aspects to owning a dog, such as chatting with other owners when out walking – almost one in ten surveyed said they had met one of their closest friends walking their dog.

"Overall it's safe to say that dog owners are generally more active and spend more time up and about than those people who don't have a dog to look after – it's a really great lifestyle choice!"

Big dogs trump little dogs when it comes to keeping you fit- if you own a Golden Retriever, Bulldog or a Boxer you are likely to be fitter than if you own a Chihuahua. Dogs can even help with your relationship woes- one in ten people will use walking the dog as an excuse to avoid a nagging partner.

The Butcher's Pet Care Spokeswoman continues: "Decades ago, owners very rarely needed to walk their dog as they were often just let out into the garden or roamed the local area freely, but times have changed! It is now up to the owners to keep their dogs fit and due to this their fitness levels have increased too.

"We carried out the research to highlight the many benefits of owning a dog and we hope that it will encourage more dog owners to focus on the health of their pets which includes taking them on regular walks, but also feeding them a natural, meat based and wholesome diet, as the two go hand in hand."

Butcher's is a British, family owned company whose heritage in farming and as butchers stretches three generations. In 1987 Graham Baker, Butcher's Pet Care founder launched their first canned dog food, Butcher's Tripe Mix, which has come to symbolize the brand's values of natural meaty goodness without the use of wheat and soya fillers and their proud meat heritage. For nearly 30 years Butcher's have used their unique skills and meat expertise to specialise in making great tasting meaty meals that dogs love and thrive on.

This year will see Butcher's celebrate its roots by rebranding its packaging to bring back the iconic butcher of the 1980s.

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