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    Personal Safety and Exercising Outdoors
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    brunosbud posted:
    Do you think being accompanied by a dog(s) reduces the threat of personal harm when exercising, outdoors. Are people more receptive & friendly to you when you walk your dog?

    Why don't more people use dogs as their "workout buddy"?

    I am a 56 yo male of average size. I live in a good neighborhood (Los Angeles & Orange County, CA) and I walk twice/day while walking a dog(s). I walk at 4:30AM & 7PM, everyday. I have two corgi's, about 30 lbs ea...

    I've been asked if I had any money to spare but, other than that,
    in the last 10 years, I have never had a threatening or confrontational incident that I can recall.

    What's it like exercising outdoors in your area? Do you think women exercising alone is inherently dangerous where you live? Do you think being accompanied by a dog(s) reduces the threat of personal harm when exercising outdoors?
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    Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
    Hey Brunosbud,

    I can't speak about the safety although I suppose if it were a big dog, or a threatening one, it would help. What I can tell you is that there are studies to show that people with dogs tend to be more active. Have a look at this http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/forget-the-treadmill-get-a-dog/

    Rich
     
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    brunosbud replied to Rich Weil, MEd, CDE's response:
    To observe a dog respond to attention & play or a walk or run... how it shapes and transforms their overall disposition and demeanor...hammers home the point of what these activities do for us, too. I mean, if you want to raise a vicious and dangerous animal, just lock your dog in a garage or backyard, alone, 24/7 and, Voila!, you're now the proud owner of a lawsuit waiting to happen.

    I find it interesting that Dr. Lodge, recognized as one of the top rated doctors in America, chooses EXERCISE and SOCIAL CONNECTIVITY as his topics of choice for a DIET board.

    It's amazing what we can learn from our animals...
     
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    brunosbud replied to brunosbud's response:
    Thanks for your reply, Rich; much appreciated. You keep posting and I'll keep reading! Deal?
     
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    Rich Weil, MEd, CDE replied to brunosbud's response:
    You got it.


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