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Researchers Say Walking Dogs Is Great For Your Mental Health

BIRMINGHAM (WWJ) — Most dogs enjoy being taken out for a walk and it turns out their owner will reaps benefits too.

Every day Pam Brown of Birmingham hits the pavement with her dog Lily. She might not realize it but the walk also benefits herself mentally.

“Lily and I walk almost every single day for about an hour,” Brown told WWJ Newsradio 950’s health reporter Deanna Lites. “I put my gym shoes on and she immediately knows shes going out for a walk, and she’s out of control excited.”

It’s good exercise for Lily, an 11-year-old Sharp-pay mix, but Brown also benefits from these walks, according to a new study.

British researchers found that walking a dog will give you a mental health boost — it simply makes you feel happy. Researchers say that turns out to be the biggest motivator for taking your dog for a stroll, over the health and social benefits.

“I definitely feel happier when I am done walking with her and I believe that at 11 years old and is in such great condition because of her daily walks,” Brown said.

However, researchers say owners were less motivated to take their dog out for a walk if they didn’t think the dog was enjoying the experience.

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  1. As the author of the new book, “Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse,” I completely agree that the benefits of walking a dog go way beyond the physical. Walking together can not only make us happier but can help us get in tune with our environment which in itself is so much healthier than spending all our time indoors on our gadgets.

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