Dogs putting on weight in winter due to owners' shirking walks in bad weather, study finds

Updated: Jan 3, 2019

Dogs enjoy fewer walks in the winter - because their owners don't like going out in the cold, a study has revealed.

Dogs putting on weight in winter due to owners' shirking walks in bad weather, study finds

Research revealed 56 per cent of owners admit their dogs get less exercise when the temperature drops due to dog lover's reluctance to venture outside.

Alarmingly, one in six admitted they pray for grim weather so they have an excuse to avoid taking their dog for a stroll.

As a result, dog owners reckon their pooch gets an hour less exercise every week compared to the summer.

When this happens it’s easy to slip into hibernation mode and curl up on the sofa, but I want to encourage dog owners to don their thermals and pick up the lead – your dog will thank you for it.

The study also found 36 per cent of owners have put off taking their dog out for a walk because they felt 'too tired'.

And one in five have found themselves so snowed under with other tasks in their lives they haven’t been able to find the time.

Fifty per cent of dog owners think they themselves also put on weight in the winter due to inactivity.

Of those who have fallen out of shape in the colder months, 58 per cent believe getting out and walking their dog helps to shift the winter pounds faster.

Dogs putting on weight in winter due to owners' shirking walks in bad weather, study finds

It's cold and dark and wet outside, but your dog still wants to go out and burn off some energy. Dog owners have a responsibility to their four-legged friend to give them the happiest life possible, and sometimes that means going for walkies in less-than-ideal weather conditions.

And while the benefits may not be clear at first, it is important to keep exercising with your dog through winter. It may even strengthen the bond between you.

If you, as the owner of the dog, are very resistant to exercising with your dog in the cold, you might want to consider purchasing Petdiary's dog training products. With Petdiary's remote dog training collars such as 300M Remote Range Waterproof Dog Training Collar | P320, Cell Phone Design Scratch Proof Surface IPX6 Dog Trainer Collar | WT774 and 300M Remote Range Gun Dog Training Collar For Up To 9 Dogs | T850. All of these cool dog training collars will help you train your dog and teach them new tricks at home in this cold winter. It might be fun for you to train your dog with your families and relatives in the holidays.

After all, exercise is the ideal way to strengthen the relationship between man and man’s best friend, whether at home or outside in the cold.

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