Walking on a regular basis can do wonders for the body. It can improve bone density, lower blood pressure, increase circulation, help lung function and lower the risk heart disease. But, if that's why you want to buy a dog, to help you stick to a regular exercise program by taking your little buddy for long walks, Dr. Marc Rosenberg says that's probably not going to work.
"Medical studies show exercise on a regular basis is better than random exercise and when you have a dog that dog doesn't allow you to exercise simply when you want, or one day yes and one day no," said Dr. Marc Rosenberg, a veterinarian.
Dr. Rosenberg says he thinks dogs are better for the mind than the body, and dogs are great for promoting social interaction.