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Britain's Dog Owners Quizzed About Walking Habits

19 May 2014

UK - Guide Dogs has been getting into the shoes of the nation’s dog walkers ahead of Dogs Unite – a series of sponsored walks to support our hero guide dogs.

The poll shows dog walkers are an incredibly active bunch, covering more than 1,100 miles with their best friend every year.

Dog walking also gives people valuable time to think about the important things in life, and dog walkers told Guide Dogs they think most about family, friends and future plans when out with their pet.

The findings mark the launch of Dogs Unite, which starts with with London’s largest dog walk at the newly opened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in June.

Dog walkers spend more than 382 hours walking their pets every year. During that time they burn more than 75,000 calories – equivalent to 312 jam doughnuts.

The typical dog walk lasts for 49 minutes and owners walk their dog on average nine times a week, comfortably exceeding the recommended 30 minutes of exercise, five times a week, for adults.

The survey also gives an insight into what dog walkers think about during the average 7 hours and 21 minutes a week they’re out with their pooch.

Top of the list is their family and friends (53 per cent) followed by future plans (46 per cent) and health and fitness (46 per cent), which shows that our pooches are prompting healthy notions!

People in Scotland were the most avid dog walkers, taking their pal out an average of 11 times a week. London dog walkers averaged eight times a week.

Dogs Unite for Guide Dogs encourages dogs to become heroes for the day by raising money for guide dogs – the real heroes of the canine kind who help change the lives of people with sight loss.

At Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on June 14, the walk will take in the magnificent new parkland and waterways and there will be a dedicated event village to provide the ultimate canine cloud nine with fun for the whole family.

The Olympic Park is just the start of Dogs Unite. You can go along to an event near you this summer or organise your own Dogs Unite. To find out more and sign up, click here.

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