Pet Lovers has already blogged about how dog owners are happier and now a new study out of the University of Virginia shows that teens who have dogs benefit too – they get more weekly exercise than teens without pets.
The researchers were surprised by their findings as they predicted that dog-walking responsibilities would be taken on by the parents, not kids. The researchers found that the teen subjects in the study got 15 more minutes of exercise per week than non-pet owning kids. Also, the researchers said they could not be certain having a dog makes families active, or if more active families tend to be dog owners, as dogs naturally fit into their lifestyles.
If you are a dog owner with a teen in the house, who takes on more dog walking duties, you or your teen?