January is National Walk Your Pet Month, and for the most perfect reason. The beginning of the year is when those resolution lists start coming out, the year is new, the ambitions are high, and it’s the best time of year to start new habits. Your dog is the same way! Whether you start the year fresh with new walking habits, or hire a great dog walker to help you, your Pooch will be the happiest kid on the block.
Take advantage of these benefits each time you grab those shoes for a walk around the park!
#7: Supporting a good cause.
You can use mobile apps that help donate money to rescue organizations every time you walk around the block! (Check WoofTrax if you’d like to join!).
#6- Keep pets healthy.
We all know exercise is good for us, and it’s just as beneficial to our dogs! They don’t need 3 miles or a fast jog.
Even a simple walk around the block or park is better than staying inside. Have a hard time with a puppy puller? Check out our top recommendations for harnesses! (Freedom No-Pull Harness, PetSafe Easy Walk Harness, and PetSafe Gentle Leader Headcollar).
#5- Helps the digestive system by relieving constipation.
You’ll see no arguments from me on that front. A happy GI is a happy family.
#4- Helps prevent attention-seeking behaviors.
Behaviors like whining and barking can be very frustrating, .
#3- Encourages socialization.
Dogs are social and crave interaction and stimulation. Even a quick walk around the block provides a welcome break in your dog’s day during which he or she can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine along with the sights, sounds and smells of the neighborhood.
#2- Helps prevent destructive behavior and hyperactivity.
Regular walks, as well as other forms of exercise, can help reduce or eliminate any of your pet’s destructive chewing, digging, or scratching. Pets are like children: If you are not giving them something constructive to do, you may not like what they choose to do. Exercise will also help your pet feel more relaxed when they get home, making them less excited and hyperactive. A tired dog is a good dog!
#1: Helps with weight control.
Lean dogs live longer, happier lives! Overweight pets are at higher risk for problems down the road: In addition to being at a greater risk for heart disease, overweight dogs show greater incidence of arthritis, joint disease, circulatory problems, pancreatic disorders, liver disease and more. Overweight doesn’t need to be obese to cause problems. Several extra pounds on our dogs is a 30-40 pound weight gain for people. Want a little more of a workout? I love this Doggy Backpack for helping those working dogs feel like they’re…well… working!