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Dog Walking Survey

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A survey of 506 U.S. dog owners about dog walking and dog-friendly neighborhoods.

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Dog Walking Survey

  1. 1. What type of pets, if any, do you own? 51% 38% 32% 9% 6% 4% 2% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Dog Cat I do not own any pets Fish Bird Reptile Other Sample Size: 1,000 (All Respondents)
  2. 2. How many dogs do you have? 63% 25% 6% 4% 2% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 1 2 3 4 5 or more Sample Size: 506 (51% of Respondents)
  3. 3. How would you characterize how often your dog(s) are walked? 26% 72% 2% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Too little Just the right amount Too much Sample Size: 506 (51% of Respondents)
  4. 4. How often does someone take your dog(s) for a walk? 18% 28% 16% 12% 12% 14% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Multiple times a day Every day Every few days Weekly Less often than once a week Never Sample Size: 506 (51% of Respondents)
  5. 5. Where is your dog walked? 88% 24% 12% 7% 4% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Your neighborhood Dog parks Other parks Near your work Other Sample Size: 435 (44% of Respondents)
  6. 6. Where is your dog walked? Which of the following best describes your current employment status? Employed full- time Employed part-time Owner, Partner in a business Homemaker Retired Not working/ currently on disability (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) Your neighborhood 87 85 87 80 93 ⇑ 100 Near your work ⇑ 13 9 20 2 ⇓ 0 3 Dog parks ⇑ 31 ⇑ 52 27 17 ⇓ 2 ⇓ 3 Other parks 13 15 7 7 5 9 Other ⇓ 2 0 7 ⇑ 12 ⇑ 9 0 Base n=204 n=33 n=15 n=41 n=55 n=32 Sample Size: 435 (44% of Respondents)
  7. 7. How often does walking the dog first involve going for a drive? 31% 24% 30% 8% 6% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always Sample Size: 435 (44% of Respondents)
  8. 8. How often does walking the dog first involve going for a drive? Which of the following groups describes your current age? 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) [Never + Rarely] 58 ⇓ 37 ⇓ 44 64 66 ⇑ 75 Never 32 ⇓ 16 23 ⇑ 41 29 ⇑ 48 Rarely 26 21 21 23 ⇑ 36 27 Sometimes 35 35 30 26 24 21 Often 4 13 ⇑ 15 9 7 4 Always 4 ⇑ 16 11 ⇓ 1 3 ⇓ 0 [Often + Always] ⇓ 7 ⇑ 28 ⇑ 26 10 10 ⇓ 4 Base n=57 n=95 n=107 n=70 n=58 n=48 Sample Size: 435 (44% of Respondents)
  9. 9. How often does walking the dog first involve going for a drive? Region Northeast Midwest South West (%) (%) (%) (%) [Never + Rarely] 53 57 60 ⇓ 41 Never 25 35 34 ⇓ 18 Rarely 28 22 25 23 Sometimes 33 24 27 36 Often 9 9 8 13 Always 5 10 6 10 [Often + Always] 14 18 14 23 Base n=64 n=94 n=173 n=104 Sample Size: 435 (44% of Respondents)
  10. 10. How would you rate the dog friendliness of each of the following? 3 3 2 14 20 2 5 4 12 15 30 32 33 35 29 31 34 34 22 17 33 27 27 18 19 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Your neighborhood Your town or city Your county Area near your work Your work Terrible Poor Acceptable Good Excellent Sample Size: 435 (44% of Respondents)
  11. 11. How would you rate the dog friendliness of each of the following? 31 34 34 22 17 33 27 27 18 19 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Your neighborhood Your town or city Your county Area near your work Your work Good Excellent Sample Size: 435 (44% of Respondents)
  12. 12. Tell us a little bit about the experience of walking your dog(s).
  13. 13. Tell us a little bit about the experience of walking your dog(s). "She knows the word walk and what it means. I have a trailer park in back of where I live. We used to walk her through the trailer park with no leash and let her run around. Now they have people living back there and my dog doesn't do well around other people, so her walks have pretty much stopped." "I enjoy when I have time to walk my dogs. We normally walk the bike path (if it's not flooded) which is beautiful during the spring/fall months. My dogs absolutely love to get out and get the fresh air. And I get to center myself on the walk. It's a great way to relieve stress and unwind from a stressful week." "My dog was a rescue and we adopted him because the previous owner could not handle his mean-ness. Initially we had to walk to walk down alleys to avoid people and other dogs. We are now able to walk around the park and sidewalks encountering people but not too good still with other dogs." "It is a bit tough walking all three of them at the same time. I often need someone else to help me walk them. We generally walk in the neighborhood because my dogs have been attacked at the dog park. They like the neighborhood because it's quiet and at night its mostly just us out." "They are so excited when we get the leashes out. Hopping around, tails wagging. We get on our way and they get the first 10 minutes to sniff everything and anything they want. Then after they have had the 'sniff' time we then go into a 'heel' walk so that both them and myself can enjoy the walk without them pulling." "I have four dogs, one is deaf and doesn't go outside because she is scared of a leash. The other is very old and doesn't want to walk. The other two are large and can't be walked together so it makes walking dogs hard. They don't like to be left behind if the other goes so usually neither of them get walked." "We usually walk our dog, pepper, around the neighbor for 10-20 minutes a day sometimes longer on a nice day, for the most part its a good experience though a lot of people take there dogs out without leashes in our area and my dog is so skittish that it comes of aggressive and people get upset when I tell them they need to put there dogs on a leash and stay back from my dog because she gets scared."
  14. 14. Methodology This online survey had 1,000 respondents. It was fielded from February 15 to February 16, 2019. The results presented in this report were weighted by the following variables: • What is your gender? • Which of the following groups describes your current age? • Are you of Hispanic, Spanish or Latino descent? • Which of the following best describes your ethnicity? • What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed?
  15. 15. Crosstab Methodology Crosstab Table Notes: • Only crosstab tables with significant differences of at least 10 percentage points are included here. • If the difference is higher at a statistically significant level, the cell is marked with the up - arrow symbol ⇑. If it is lower, the down-arrow symbol ⇓ is used. • Columns with fewer than 30 responses (i.e. degrees of freedom) are ignored for statistical significance comparisons. • Crosstabs with no significant difference greater than 10 percentage points are not presented. • To fit onto a single slide, some crosstabs have had columns without differences omitted. See the spreadsheet for the full crosstabs. • Crosstabs show only unweighted results. • See the accompanying spreadsheet for all tables.
  16. 16. Researchscape International Researchscape International is a market-research consultancy specializing in custom surveys. For questions about this or other research, please contact us at +1-888-983-1675 x1 or visit our website, http://www.researchscape.com/.

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