Walk A Hound, Lose A Pound
It turns out walking your dog is as good for you as it is for your dogs.
Johnson is the director of the research center for human/animal interactions at the University of Missouri. Her latest book, “Walk A Hound, Lose A Pound.”
It’s so simple, so brilliant and so scientifically proven true by Johnson, that just walking a dog:
– Gives you positive love and affirmation
– A dog is an ideal partner dependably there for you to take a daily walk
– Offers a social lubricant (as you meet other people with dogs, and others who may admire your dog)
– It simply good exercise for you and your dog
– Endorphins released when you walk can change your mood/outlook for the better (and similar positive endorphins are released in dogs….and sniffing grass, sign posts, fire hydrants is very stimulating to canine senses)
– Physical exercise turns out to be good for your brain (and your dog’s).
– You’ll have a better sense of what’s really going on in your neighborhood. Police know this, and often talk to people with dogs about what’s going on in the ‘hood.
– Offers a social capital, making a neighborhood more ‘livable’ and even safer.