Dogs enjoy fewer walks in the winter – because their owners don’t like going out in the cold, a study has revealed.
Research revealed 56 per cent of owners admit their dogs get less exercise when the temperature drops due to owener’s reluctance to venture outside.
Sean McCormack, head vet at dog nutrition company, Tails.com, which commissioned the study, said: “Any dog which is living by a nutritious and healthy diet is going to remain as enthusiastic as ever about their daily walks, even as the temperature plummets and the heavens open.
“When this happens it’s easy to slip into hibernation mode and curl up on the sofa, but we 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”. In response to the findings, personal trainer and nutritionist Dan Osman started Doggy Bootcamp, an exercise regime to put dogs and dog owners through their paces.
Mr Osman said: “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.”