Dog owners spend more time photographing their dogs than walking them | Nature | News

Shocking new figures reveal almost a half of Britain’s dog owners spend up to an hour a day taking photos of their dog — while nearly a third are spending too little time taking their pets for a stroll.

The Kennel Club is warning that a “generation obsessed with social media and aesthetics over keeping their dogs happy and healthy” is causing canine welfare concerns.

It says new research shows how British adults are spending more time taking photographs and posting multiple images online than exercising their pets.

The Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, has carried out research that reveals how 47 per of owners take photos of their dogs daily, with 30 per cent posting up to 10 photos a day on sites such as Facebook and Instragram.

What worries the Kennel Club is that many dogs are losing two weeks of their lives every year to photo sessions when they could be trained or walked.

With the charity advising that dogs should get between 30 minutes and two hours of exercise daily, depending on the breed, its survey shows that almost a third of owners provide no more than 20 minutes a day with nine per cent admitting they spend 10 minutes or less walking their pets.

The recent PAW report from vet charity, PDSA, warned that 54 per cent of vets believe pets are becoming overweight because of lack of exercise.

Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kisko warns: “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.”

Providing the correct types of exercise will not only keep dogs fit and reduce the risk of health issues such as obesity and…

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