A dog is an ideal workout partner: always supportive, happy to go for a walk, and never judgmental. When people and dogs exercise together, fitness and health happen on both ends of the leash. As the obesity epidemic spreads, 70 percent of Americans and 50 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, resulting in staggering health care costs and suffering. The causes, consequences, and treatment for the overweight and obese are strikingly similar in people and dogs. Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound, written by an expert veterinary surgeon and leading nurse researcher, helps you move from a food-centered relationship with dogs to an exercise-centered relationship. This volume is designed for dog lovers, dog owners, and families. Based on the latest scientific findings, it will also help professionals (including physicians, veterinarians, and physical therapists) fight obesity and promote fitness in both people and pets. Never has there been a more compelling time for innovative approaches to increasing physical activity, reforming sedentary lifestyles, and enhancing fitness. Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound provides specific strategies for people and dogs to exercise together, lose weight together, and have fun in the process.
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Number of pages: 150
Weight: 287 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
Zeltzman, a veterinary surgeon and veterinary journalist, and Johnson (gerontological nursing and public policy, U. of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction) explain how dog owners can fight obesity and promote fitness by exercising with dogs. Arguing that people and animals experience many of the same illnesses and can benefit from the same solutions, they draw many ideas from the Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound project in Columbia, Missouri, to explain benefits for both humans and dogs, assessing risk factors and health indicators, the importance of fitness to ward off disease, guidelines and safety, clothing and equipment, support systems, walking in groups, and non-walking activities. (Annotation C2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)