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More time spent taking pictures of dogs than walking them

New research shows that some British adults are spending more time taking photos of their dogs and posting images online than they do exercising them.

By Jon Francis | Published: 16th July 2017 News Updates

Research carried out by the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, shows that almost half of British adults (47 per cent) spend up to an hour* taking photos of their dog every day, with nearly a third (30 per cent) of people posting up to ten photos online a day on platforms such as Instagram and Facebook.

During the course of a year this could equate to a staggering 365 hours, more than two whole weeks, of time spent taking photos and posting to social media which could be spent exercising or training a dog.

Worryingly, almost one third (31 per cent) of Brits spend no more than twenty minutes a day exercising their dogs, with almost one in ten (9 per cent) spending ten minutes or less taking their canine companions on a walk. The Kennel Club recommends that dogs should get between half an hour and two hours of exercise every day, depending on the breed.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Nowadays we are seeing a trend for people sharing images and videos of their pets on social media. It is great to see people wanting to capture and share images of their dogs with their friends and family but that shouldn’t be at the expense of their health and welfare. If people can find up to an hour a day to take photos of their dog then there is no excuse for the fact that nearly one in ten are failing to give their dog more than ten minutes of exercise a day.

“Our Get Fit With Fido campaign gives lots of ideas for people looking for interesting ways to enjoy exercise with their dogs, and the more stimulated your dog is physically and mentally the happier they will be, which will shine through in their photos.

“There are fun and simple ways to keep dogs fit and healthy alongside the everyday dog walk, which can double up as excellent photo opportunities for social media, and a good work out for dog owners. Canine activities such as agility, canicross, flyball and heelwork to music are a fantastic way of exercising both dog and owner in an entertaining and enjoyable way.”