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Exploring the relationship between motivation and dog-walking behaviour: what motivates older adults to walk with their dogs?

By Ashley Hope

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Dog ownership in older adulthood has been connected with  increased likelihood of meeting the physical activity guidelines. There are older dog  owners, however, that do not walk their dogs. Investigation utilizing the Self-  Determination Theory was used to identify differences in motivation between regular  and infrequent dog-walkers, while qualitative investigation helped identify and explore  factors that influence motivation (basic psychological needs). Finally, meeting the  advised levels of physical activity is related to improved health, so investigation into the  differences was completed. Method: Ninety-four dog owners, aged 55 years and older,  participated in the study. Participants completed the BREQ-2, a measure of motivation,  a questionnaire to measure dog-walking behaviour, the SF-36v2, a measure of health,  and demographic information. T and Mann-Whitney U tests were used to identify  differences between in motivation and health. Nine regular dog-walkers participated in  interviews to explore if the basic psychological needs influenced motivation to dog-walk.

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Katie Carroll

Date 2013
Pages 75
Publisher Lakehead University
Department Kinesiology
Degree Master of Science
URL http://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca/handle/2453/406
Language English
University Lakehead University
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Dogs
  3. Exercise
  4. Fitness
  5. Health
  6. Mammals
  7. Older adults
  8. Pet ownership
  9. Pets and companion animals
  10. physical activity
  11. Physical health and well-being
  12. Walking