Children, parents and pets exercising together (CPET): exploratory randomised controlled trial

Ryan Morrison, John J Reilly, Victoria Penpraze, Carri Westgarth, Dianne S Ward, Nanette Mutrie, Pippa Hutchison, David Young, Lindsay McNicol, Michael Calvert, Philippa S Yam

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Levels of physical activity (PA) in UK children are much lower than recommended and novel approaches to its promotion are needed. The Children, Parents and Pets Exercising Together (CPET) study is the first exploratory randomised controlled trial (RCT) to develop and evaluate an intervention aimed at dog-based PA promotion in families. CPET aimed to assess the feasibility, acceptability and potential efficacy of a theory-driven, family-based, dog walking intervention for 9-11 year olds.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1096
Number of pages12
JournalBMC Public Health
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2013


  • CPET
  • physical activity
  • children
  • families
  • dogs
  • accelerometry
  • intervention
  • feasibility
  • acceptability
  • walking


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