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“I'm Just a'-Walking the Dog” Correlates of Regular Dog Walking

Christian (nee Cutt), Hayley PhD; Giles-Corti, Billie PhD; Knuiman, Matthew PhD

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3181c4e208

Intrapersonal and environmental factors associated with dog walking (N = 483) were examined. A greater proportion of regular (80%) than irregular (59%) dog walkers met the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Owners who perceived greater social support and motivation from their dogs to walk, and who had access to a dog-supportive park within their neighborhood, were more likely to regularly walk with their dogs, even after adjustment for other well-known correlates of physical activity. The higher level of physical activity of regular dog walkers can be attributed to the additional walking these owners perform with their dogs.

School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia, Australia.

Corresponding Author: Hayley Christian (nee Cutt), PhD, Centre for the Built Environment and Health, School of Population Health (M707), The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley 6009, Western Australia, Australia (

Disclaimer: No financial conflict of interest was reported by the authors of this article.

This research was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage grant (LPO455453) and the Petcare Information and Advisory Service (Industry Partner). The first author was supported by an Australian Research Council, Australian Postgraduate Award—Industry. The second author was supported by an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (grant 513702). The authors acknowledge the helpful comment on an earlier draft from Jacinta Francis, Sarah Foster, Karen Villanueva, Ryan Falconer, Karen Martin, and Joanna Granich (School of Population Health) and Ben Radford (School of Earth and Geographical Sciences), The University of Western Australia.

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