WATCH: A new study by the University of Victoria shows only half of dog owners in Greater Victoria walk their dogs, and those who do, aren’t walking at a fast enough pace to reap the health benefits. Monica Martinez has the story.
There are no shortage of happy tails wagging on Dallas Road, as owners walk their dogs, and get exercise themselves.
But a new study by the University of Victoria shows dog owners might not be quite as active as they believe.
Kinesiology graduate student Clarise Lim surveyed 228 adult dog owners. Only half of them walk their dogs, and of those who do, fewer than 60 per cent are walking at a fast enough pace.
“It is anti-sedentary however they are not maximizing what they can get out of it in terms of their own health. That was one of the most interesting findings,” she said.
According to the World Health Organization, 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous exercise are needed to reap the health benefits.
Lim said part of the problem is letting dogs set the pace.
“Most people like to let dogs off leash and go at a leisurely pace. They like to let the dog stop and sniff or dictate the pace which could mean the dog is way ahead of them off leash or way behind them.”
She is working on developing tools for for dog owners, helping them schedule walks and set a good pace, promoting more active movement with owners and their four legged best friends.