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The Association Between Dog Walking, Physical Activity And Owners' Perceptions Of Safety: Cross-Sectional Evidence From The Us And Australia, Hayley Christian, Lisa Wood, Andrea Nathan, Ichiro Kawachi, Stephen Houghton, Karen Martin, Sandra Mccune Jan 2016

The Association Between Dog Walking, Physical Activity And Owners' Perceptions Of Safety: Cross-Sectional Evidence From The Us And Australia, Hayley Christian, Lisa Wood, Andrea Nathan, Ichiro Kawachi, Stephen Houghton, Karen Martin, Sandra Mccune

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Background We examined the relationship between dog walking and physical activity within and between four US cities and Australia and investigated if dog walking is associated with higher perceived safety in US and Australian cities. Methods Dog owners (nā€‰=ā€‰1113) in the Pet Connections Study completed a cross-sectional survey. Data were collected across four study sites; three in the US (San Diego, Nashville, Portland) and a fourth in Australia (Perth). Physical activity, local walking, dog walking, and individual and community perceptions of safety were analysed for dog walkers and non-dog walkers for each study site. Between-city comparisons were examined for ...