This Sunday, October 1st kicks-off an annual celebration that motivates pet owners to get moving: National Walk Your Dog Week! Established in 2010 by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Behaviorist, Colleen Paige, National Walk Your Dog Week was created in an effort to promote health and wellness in pets and their owners while encouraging people to adopt.
Statistics show that 40% of dogs in the US are overweight, Bliss included. I have a bad habit of giving her bits of food from my plate, a real no-no. I’m better about it today but still forget sometimes. I know it’s bad for her for several reasons and now at the ripe old age of 14, she has stomach issues. My fault.
I’ve found that just a 20-minute walk can make a huge difference in Bliss’ life and improve my health, too. In addition to helping your dog maintain a healthy weight, walking can release endorphins, lower blood pressure, and reduce troublesome behaviors.
There’s no doubt that the health benefits of walking are endless for both you and your canine, but finding the time and motivation to do so can sometimes be a challenge. As we gear up for National Walk Your Dog Week keep this in mind: dogs thrive on established routine. Here are some good reasons to start your own walking routine, all are Bliss approved:
1) Take Time To Embrace Nature: Fall is very scenic, however, every season brings a beauty of its own. A great outdoor escapade with your pooch allows for you to take in nature and the fresh air. Whether you’re walking in a neighborhood, park, or hiking trail; take time to observe what is going on around you. Admire the birds chirping, leaves blowing in the wind or the sun setting on another day. Allowing your pup to sniff and explore the grounds is extremely beneficial to his mental stimulation as well. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors together.
2) Walking Strengthens Your Bond: Daily walks provide much-needed quality time for you and your pup. This time is extremely important to your dog’s behavioral development and will provide the foundation for a trusting relationship. It’s also a good time to work on training and socialization skills. As you stroll through the neighborhood, you’re bound to run into other people and pets. Dog walking will help you and your canine make friends and feel like part of the community.
3) Cherish The Moment: Walking is a great opportunity for you both to clear your mind and be in the moment with each other. Unfortunately, a dog’s life is short and every day spent with them is a gift. Why not partake in an activity that contributes to better health and happiness for you both? Walking with your dog is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a pet parent. Be sure to love and treasure these precious moments! Woof!