THE family pooch is more than man's best friend - Fido is also keeping off the paunch.
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Research suggests dogs are a major motivator for keeping fit and fighting puppy fat in kids.
About 85 per cent of owners credit their canine for encouraging them to get outside and walk, Galaxy research reveals.
And half of those with children aged 5 to 17 said their kids got more exercise and outdoor activity than they would without a dog.