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Right now its so hot but once the sun goes down its not too bad. An inspiring news article I found---

" Dog owners more likely to hit fitness benchmarks
Madras Pioneer News Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Dog owners are 54 percent more likely to get physical activity on a day-to-day basis.
STEELE HAUGEN - Dog owners take an average of 2,760 more steps than a person who doesn't own a dog.

It turns out our furry friends have more to offer us than companionship and unconditional love. According to Bend physical therapist Rob Hollander, multiple studies show that dog owners are generally healthier and more likely to meet national fitness benchmarks than nonowners.

How likely? According to the American Heart Association, dog owners are 54 percent more likely to get the recommended level of physical activity each day.

"In general, pet ownership has proven to lead to a number of great health benefits associated with happiness, reducing stress and lowering blood pressure," said Hollander, co-owner of Alpine Physical Therapy in Bend. "But dogs are special. Because they need exercise and often demand it from us, they have a persistent way of urging us onto a path toward more exercise and better health."

A 2013 study published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health showed that dog owners take an average of 2,760 more steps per day compared with those who don't have dogs. That amounts to 23 additional minutes of moderate exercise per day. Another more recent study published in 2017 by BMC Public Health backs those numbers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, adults should get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (i.e., brisk walking) each week. And of course, achieving such benchmarks help individuals improve and maintain long-term health both physical and mental wellness.

"Walking is one of the best physical activities nearly anyone can do," Hollander said. "And, taking a dog out for a walk often makes the activity more enjoyable and feel less like exercise less like a chore."

Approximately 54.4 million U.S. households own at least one dog, based on stats from the Humane Society of the United States.

"Pets require lots of love, care and responsibility, and simply having one isn't going to immediately put you on a path toward a healthier life. There are too many other factors to consider," Hollander said. "However, if you love animals and could use some added motivation to get outdoors, dogs have a way of coaxing people in that direction."
 

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This is awesome. I've already exercised regularly but ask my wife, I hated going on walks. The 9 years we've lived in this neighborhood I've never gone on a walk. Now it's pretty much every day lol. I'm not a fan of people in general and I bet people in the area are like, who's this new guy with the gorgeous dog??

Good article, thanks!
 

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I have lived in the same house, same neighborhood, for 17 yrs., and never once walked around the block or several blocks thank you, until this darn dog. Now, I do...and I still don't like it, but I do it for this dog... So yeah, we already knew this LOL! And she's awesome! ****ing dog!
 

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I'm the weirdo, again.

I love to walk. On average when I worked I walked an average of 25-30kms a day. I always take the stairs up to 20 stories, I never drive anywhere that I can walk in less then 20 minutes, unless I am shopping. Because of Shadows issues, and because people here steal dogs she does not get to come with me as much as I would like. But I actually walk further then she does on a daily basis.
 

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I would love to be able to walk around my neighborhood, but there is this 'dawg' that's a major bully. He is constantly running around acting like he owns the joint and will attack dogs on leashes. Animal control picks him up regularly and then the next day he's back. Is there some sort of deterrent that will drive him off (without hurting him) that I could use so I don't have to load Simon into the truck and drive to town? If I could keep the dawg at bay, I can then get my neighbor to walk with us and bring his little dog along. He hasn't left his house since he had bypass surgery a year ago...it would be good for him and his roly poly pooch, too.
 
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