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  1. Feasibility of a volunteer dog-walking program for high school students and shelter dogs in Chico, California

    Contributor(s):: Danielle Allred

    Dog-walking is gaining recognition as a way of combating sedentary lifestyles. Dog owners who walk their dogs are more likely to meet physical activity standards recommended by the Center for Disease Control, and studies have shown positive benefits resulting from animal interaction, including...

  2. Encounters with Difference and Politics of Place: Meanings of Birdwatchers and Dog Walkers at a Multiple-Use Urban Forest

    Contributor(s):: Taryn M. Graham

    With a particular interest in birdwatchers and dog walkers, this case study explored place meanings of users at Westmount Summit Woods, a multiple-use urban forest located just west of downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A document analysis was conducted on the research site, followed by data...

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

    Contributor(s):: Ashley Hope

    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...

  4. An Examination of Dog Ownership in the Promotion of Walking as a Form of Physical Activity and Its Effects on Physical and Psychological Health

    Contributor(s):: Nikolina Margaret Duvall Antonacopoulos

    The low percentage of Canadian adults who are sufficiently active is of concern in light of the detrimental health consequences associated with insufficient physical activity. Two studies were conducted in order to explore dog walking as a means of obtaining physical activity and the possible...

  5. Using Intervention Mapping to Develop a Resource to Promote Dog Walking Among Dog Owners

    Contributor(s):: John Dwyer

    This study used intervention mapping to develop a print intervention that promotes dog walking for physical activity among dog owners. Twenty-six adult dog owners were recruited to participate in an interview about dog walking. Eight major themes emerged from the individual interviews: obligation...

  6. Veterinarians' Perceptions of and Experiences with Dog Walking

    Contributor(s):: Kathleen Burns

     This study used interviews guided by a behaviour change theory, Integrated Model of Behavioral Prediction, to understand veterinarians’ perceptions of and experiences with dog-walking counselling. Seventeen practicing veterinarians providing care to dogs in Ontario were...

  7. Objectively measured free-living physical activity in pet dogs: Relationship to body condition score and owner-pet activity

    Contributor(s):: Weber, David Isaiah Sale

    The prevalence of canine obesity continues to increase and is due, in part, to inadequate levels of physical activity (PA). Accelerometers have emerged as a useful tool to objectively quantify levels of physical activity in humans, as well as companion pets, but there is little data on the...

  8. Effects of dog walking, walking, and pet presence on women's stress levels

    Contributor(s):: Lacey, Annette