One third of dog owners admit that they themselves are overweight and one in five are not giving their dogs the exercise they need, according to the results of a new Kennel Club survey.

One third of dog owners admit that they themselves are overweight and one in five are not giving their dogs the exercise they need, according to the results of a new Kennel Club survey.

More than a third of dog owners class themselves as overweight.  Image ©iStockphoto.com/Fotosmurf03The research was commissioned as part of the Keep Fit with Fido 2010 campaign, which will be launched at the sixth Kennel Club International Agility Festival at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire, on August 13-15.
 
Other findings from the research include:

  • 20% of dog owners do not give their four legged friends the daily recommended walk;
  • A quarter think that their dogs get the exercise that they need by running around in the garden;
  • Just under a quarter of dog owners admit their dog is overweight;
  • Over a third of dog owners say that they themselves are overweight;
  • The highest number of overweight dog owners are Sheffield (51%), Norwich (50%) and Plymouth (47%). The trimmest are in Cambridge (20%);
  • The portliest number of pooches are in Glasgow (46%) Worcester (44%) and Wrexham (38%), which are also amongst the areas where the most amount of dog owners admitted to not giving their dogs a daily walk. 

 
The Keep Fit with Fido 2010 campaign is designed to encourage dog owners to get involved with sports such as agility, in a bid to combat the burgeoning obesity epidemic in our pets. There are downloadable guides that aim to give people new ideas about how they can exercise and have fun with their dogs.
 
Getting Active at the International Agility Festival. Image courtesy Dream Out LoudKennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “This research shows that too many dogs are not getting the exercise that they need, which can reduce both the length and quality of their life.
 
“If going for a long walk doesn’t motivate you then the summer months are the perfect time to try new sports that are great fun and good for the health of both dog and owner. Agility is the world’s fastest growing dog sport and it is easy to see why. It is affordable, suitable for any age group or breed of dog and is a fantastic way to get fit and stay healthy.”
 
The Kennel Club International Agility Festival will see 2,500 dogs from 25 different countries running, jumping and weaving their way through the various classes and hoping to qualify for dfs Crufts.
 
Visitors on the day can try their hand at the sport in the have a go agility ring and can even enter their dog into the Companion Dog Show, which takes place on August 14.

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