As if there could be any more reasons to celebrate your pup, here’s one more! February 22nd has been deemed “National Walk Your Dog Day,” making it the perfect day to commemorate exercise, happiness, and wellness.
Dog walking is one of the many ways to keep your pup thriving and joyful throughout their entire lives. Daily exercise, mental stimulation, and an active lifestyle signal to your dog how much you love them. So, get on your walking shoes and head for the great outdoors! Here are some guidelines when walking your dog, and why it’s such an important part of their routine.
How Often Do You Walk Your Dog?
How often do you walk your dog, and for how long? Generally speaking, most dogs should enjoy at least one 15-30 minute walk a day. Their step count should lie anywhere between 10,000-30,000 a day. Owners should really take their pups out on several strolls a day if possible.
Implementing walks into their care routine will benefit their joint and digestive health, help maintain their weight, and keep them happy. Exercise soothes their nerves, and the opportunity to sniff and enjoy their surroundings provides ample mental stimulation, too.
Not only this, but daily walks are good for humans also! Dogs encourage a healthy, active lifestyle. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.
A Daily Dog Walk Will Do You Good: Essential Tips
Here are some tips for a happy, safe, and enjoyable dog walk for you and your four-legged friend.
Take Fresh Water & Snacks
If you’re planning to go on a long walk, come prepared. Bring enough fresh water and treats to keep your dog hydrated and happy. They’re bound to get thirsty from all the exercise. Plus, treats will keep them motivated and fed, and can be used when training your dog, too!
Dress for the Weather
Be sure to dress appropriately depending on the weather. If it’s cold, bring a jacket for you and your pup. If it’s too hot, avoid going on super long walks, as the pavement might be too hot for your pup’s paws.
It’s also important to note that during the winter months, be on the lookout for antifreeze. Keep your dog from slurping any unfamiliar puddles or substances on the ground.
Take a Baggy
As this is common dog walking etiquette, don’t forget to take a baggy to pick up after them!
Let Your Pup Explore
Your dog feels most loved when you let them be a dog. This means giving them enough time to sniff, explore, and stop frequently along the journey. Don’t rush your walking time. Take a few tips from your dog - slow down, savor the moment, and smell the flowers!
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