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Around the world with the dog

Dog owners end up walking more than 23,000 miles - almost as far as walking around the world - with their pet during its lifetime, a new study has found.

world Updated: Feb 12, 2011 01:16 IST

Dog owners end up walking more than 23,000 miles - almost as far as walking around the world - with their pet during its lifetime, a new study has found.

The study has shown the average person walks their dog for eight hours and 54 minutes a week, covering 36 miles; it adds up to a staggering 1,855 miles a year or 23,739 miles in an average canine's lifetime of 12.8 years.

The study by insurance firm Esure shows the average dog gets two walks otalling to 107 minutes and covering about seven miles.

Walks are usually around the neighbourhood for 41% of people questioned, with 42% visiting the local park. Other popular venues include the countryside and the sea front, the Daily Express reported.

Despite the staggering distances dogs and their owners cover, 67% of people reckon their canine pal would like to go on more walks.