Are the kids begging for a family dog? A new survey shows that may not be such a bad idea for your health.

A new Purina survey found that pets motivate owners to get fit. For example, did you know that dog owners are over twice as likely to run/jog outdoors at least once a week as non-dog owners? And it’s not just your physical health that gets a boost. More than half of pet owners think one of the best perks of owning a pet is that pets help boost their mood, and some even said owning a pet improves their mental health.

Check out the infographic below to see more of the health-boosting effects of pets!

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