January is National Walk Your Pet Month, and contrary to popular belief, walking your dog does far more than just alleviate copious amounts of energy.
While walking your dog is an obvious great way to let your dog get rid of extra energy, it is also a great source of exercise. According to Pet Obesity Prevention, over 50% of American pets are overweight. Taking your dog for a daily stroll encourages your dog to be active. Consider what your pup does all day while you’re at work or running errands. Certain breeds, like bulldogs or pugs, are actually known to be lazy. Once some of these dogs hit old age it appears all they do is sleep. Making sure your dog stays active and physically stimulated is extremely important to their wellbeing and can actually extend their life.
Mental wellbeing is just as important as physical wellbeing. Walking your dog is a great way to stimulate their minds. Dogs have a great time sniffing the trees and sidewalks because every encounter outside of their home is a new encounter.
If all of this isn’t enough to convince you of the benefits of taking your dog for a walk, this bullet point might – walking together is a great bonding experience for a pet and its owner. Although it may appear that the bond with your pup might not be able to get any stronger, it definitely can. The more time you spend with your dog the more attached they become. Your dog might already depend on you for food and water, but the bond becomes even greater when they depend on you for love, affection and companionship.
This year, make one of your goals to get out and walk your dog at least a few times each week. For any of your dog walking needs, visit one of Central Bark Doggy Day Care Barkley’s Boutique for leashes, protective paw-wear and more.