Researchers at the University of Missouri found that people walking shelter dogs versus people walking with other people were more consistent about walking and showed a far greater improvement in fitness. Tara Parker Pope reported on The New York Times’ Well blog that human walking partners often discouraged each other from getting out, while dogs, well, we all know how dogs feel about walkies.
Also, check out the reader comments on Well. One favorite: “It is true that when walking with a human companion you don’t have to pick up their crap -- instead you just have to listen to it!” from 2 Landeers. That’s something to think about.