In a bad mood? Running with your dog can help apparently

So according to research carried out by Canagan and the University of Chichester,  dog owners who regularly run with their dog have more of a ‘get-up-and-go’ attitude, as well as greater all round feelings of stamina and vigour.

In the study, the investigators looked at whether the runners had an better physical and emotional experience when accompanied by their dogs on runs, compared to those who went on runs alone.

It may not come as a surprise to any of you that run with your dog, but the mood data showed that negative moods, such as depression, anger and fatigue, decreased following all runs with dogs.

Dr. Sarah Edmunds – the Study Leader at the University of Chichester (West Sussex, United Kingdom) said:-

“This is the first study, that we are aware of, which has looked specifically at the impact of running with dogs on their owner’s exercise experience,”  

The study also showed:-

“that our participants exercised at the same intensity both with and without their dog and they experienced a psychological benefit from running with their dog.”

Sarah continues, saying:

“Interview data found participants were autonomously motivated to run with their dogs. From a behaviour change point of view this is of interest as autonomous motivation is associated with exercise adherence.

“This was a small-scale study, but it indicates taking your dog as a running companion may help to provide that extra motivation to get you out running and help you enjoy the activity.”

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Do you run with your dog?   We would love to hear from you and what you think about the study.  Im pretty confident that it does have benefits,  the running alone does and so running with your faithful hound would I am sure.


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