Dr. Mathew Reeves of Michigan State University was the lead author of a study that showed that dog-owners get significantly more exercise and are thus healthier than those who do not own a dog. It is widely recognized that good health requires 150 minutes of exercise a week. Only one-third of those in the study who did not own a dog reached that level. Those with dogs not only exercised more frequently at that level but also were more likely to participate in leisure time sports. Another study at University of Missouri indicated that dogs were more effective companions than other humans to stimulate regular exercise.
See Marilou Johanek’s article in the Toledo Blade, March 17, 2011, section A, P. 9 or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.