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Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound: How You & Your Dog Can Lose Weight, Stay Fit, and Have Fun (New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond) Paperback – May 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press (May 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557535817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557535818
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zeltzman, a veterinary surgeon and veterinary journalist, and Johnson (gerontological nursing and public policy, U. of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction) explain how dog owners can fight obesity and promote fitness by exercising with dogs. Arguing that people and animals experience many of the same illnesses and can benefit from the same solutions, they draw many ideas from the Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound project in Columbia, Missouri, to explain benefits for both humans and dogs, assessing risk factors and health indicators, the importance of fitness to ward off disease, guidelines and safety, clothing and equipment, support systems, walking in groups, and non-walking activities. (Annotation C2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)

About the Author

Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, is a traveling, board-certified veterinary surgeon near Allentown, Pennsylvania. His professional interests include soft tissue, orthopedic, cancer, and neurosurgery. A prolific international speaker and writer for twenty-five years, he has often written about pet obesity. He writes an award-winning, free, e-mail-based newsletter read by pet lovers in all fifty states and twenty-eight countries (visit www.DrPhilZeltzman.com). He is a contributor to Dog Fancy, The Bark, and Veterinary Practice News. Rebecca Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Millsap Professor for Gerontological Nursing and Public Policy at the University of Missouri. She holds a joint appointment at the College of Veterinary Medicine as the director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (visit www.rechai.missouri.edu). Author of over forty publications, she is called upon nationally and internationally to speak about human-animal interaction. In 2010 she was elected president of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dr mary on October 26, 2011
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I just got back from walking my dogs and realized how many more walks we have gone on since reading this book. It is an inspiration for both 2 and 4-legged walkers. Also, Walk a Hound educates readers about the plight of shelter dogs and the efforts being made across the country to raise public awareness and adopt more dogs. There are many healthy tips and informative resources. I highly recommend this book to my clients to benefit both themselves and their animal family members. I keep a copy in our office for easy reference.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debra on August 11, 2011
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As a dog owner, and walker, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book (purchased on Amazon by the way!), about the benefits of something I took for granted!
The content is a great exploration of how we can enjoy better health in ways that are enjoyable and actually add to our quality-of-life. After reviewing the activity chart, I enjoyed "counting" my steps to see where I fell on the activity levels each day. I later learned from a friend that Weight Watchers now incorporates walking as an exchange value for extra food points in their new program, which simply reinforces the benefits of this activity. In addition, the book is a useful reference for a variety of related activities, organizations and groups that promote better health for walkers and their dogs. Overall, it was a great summer read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on November 3, 2013
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It's one thing to state the obvious (walking = weight loss), it's another thing to find yourself newly motivated to make something happen after reading something inspirational. This book did it for several of my clients. As a veterinarian who's passionate about weight loss in pets, I'm a believer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gitte Laursen on April 27, 2013
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This book is very good, and give the reader a lot of good things, of why it is good for you and your dog to exercise.
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