There is an old adage that says: “If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise.” Your dog may seem to enjoy being a couch potato, but lying around all day is not good for his health. Owning a dog is a responsibility that requires you to go on regular walks and schedule playtimes; after all, a healthy dog makes for a happy dog. But could it be true that owning a dog helps with weight loss for its owner?
Lazy owners = lazy dogs
Now don’t go buy a new puppy just yet; first, you need to commit to the fact that a dog can have a ton of energy and you will need to help him burn that energy in some way. Besides, you’re not going to lose weight just by sitting around petting him. You need to get active – go outside and toss a ball around or take him on a walk.
Dogs love the outdoors
A dog that is cooped up indoors day after day is going to be one unhappy little guy. Dogs love to run around outside; in fact, they could run after a ball all day long. And owners who spend time interacting with their pets seem to be a lot happier and healthier than those who don’t play with them at all.
So do dog owners lose weight faster than people who don’t own dogs?
Dog owners do tend to have more luck with weight loss than people who don’t have pets, as long as they spend the time exercising with them. This doesn’t mean you should go buy a dog unless you intend to take the time to do so. Owning a dog is a big responsibility – one that includes taking walks, playing outdoors, and interacting with him. If you don’t have the time or energy to do so, owning a dog may not be for you.
Note: Be sure to consult with your veterinarian and your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.
More benefits of owning a dog…
Weight loss is not the only benefit of owning a dog. Dogs (and pets in general) make great companions and they may even provide therapy for their owners. If you are depressed, having a loyal canine pal may cheer you up more than a human friend can. Animals may even have a positive effect on Alzheimer’s patients, people with arthritis, and they help lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and the number of visits to the doctor.
“Histories are more full of examples of fidelity of dogs than friends.” –Alexander Pope
For more info:
How to Lose Weight With the Help of Your Dog
Walking Your Dog for Weight Loss
The Benefits of Owning a Pet