A study published in the March issue of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health showed that in comparison to non-dog owners, people with dogs are 69 percent more likely to get physical activity in their leisure time. The research also revealed that dog owners are 34 percent more likely get the 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week that is currently recommended by the U.S. government.
Some dog owners included in the study said that their dogs were too old to walk. While this may be true in some cases, many old dogs still enjoy daily exercise as long as their arthritis symptoms are well-controlled. Medications that relieve pain and inflammation, joint supplements, and other therapies can make many old dogs feel young again, and keeping your dog active might just improve your health as well.