Research in The American Journal of Public Health last month found that children who had a dog at home were more active compared with dogless ones (my word, not the researchers). Although dogless kids may ultimately be safer (no bites, no Salmonella-tainted food, no getting pulled across the street) they may also be more likely to be overweight. Having a dogless home is not a new risk factor for obesity, but this study may offer some insight into childrens’ lives.

Who knows why kids with a dog are more active. We can all certainly speculate. But, this may be a chicken or the egg type question. Or a dog or the kid one. Let me explain: Read full post »