Portland is the #2 most walkable city for dogs
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Portland is the second most walkable city for dogs, according to researchers at Care.com.
The company has investigated just how walkable America is for dogs and their parents. Analysts ranked 29 major cities based on several factors, including the average length of dog walks in each city (reported by dog walkers), the availability and quality of dog parks in each city, and the city’s human walking score — all weighted to create the nation’s first ever Dog Walkability Score.
According to the ultimate animal whisperer Cesar Millan, a daily 30-to 60-minute walk is ideal (but some breeds need more time outdoors than others). Only San Francisco, America’s top-ranked dog-walking city, met Millan’s goal.
In San Francisco, the number one walkable city for dogs, dog walkers spent an average of 32 minutes per walk; in Portland, it was 29 minutes; in Seattle, walkers averaged 26 minutes per stroll; in Tampa, folks spent about 23 minutes per walk; and in Washington, D.C., dog walkers took pups out for about 26 minutes each time.
It also turned out that the more dog parks a city had, the more motivated pet parents seemed to be to take their pets out every day. From our data, we discovered that, per 10,000 people, Portland has five dog parks, San Francisco has three, and Seattle has two — but also is known for welcoming dogs in most of its 400+ parks.
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