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National Walk Your Dog Month

National Walk Your Dog Month is your New Year’s Resolution with a twist! If you’re like most people, your annual list of resolutions included goals like ‘lose weight’ and ‘get healthy’. If you’re really like most people, that resolution is fading fast, so it’s time to act.

Pet parents can take a step towards achieving these goals simply by grabbing the dog leash and asking, “Wanna go for a walk?”

OMG! OMG! WALK! GO! GO! NOW! 

The sheer joy and unleashed excitement of your pet’s reaction will have you smiling and laughing while their tails are wagging.

The entire ritual of preparing for, and then going on the walk will not only boost your mood, but also help release your body cortisol and endorphins associated with positive health benefits like:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased endurance
  • Reduced pain & stress
  • Strengthened immune system

All this begins before you even get outdoors!  Happily, Arizona’s winter weather is usually pleasantly warm and sunny, so enjoy the time you have in cooler months – get out and explore.

Once you, Max, and Bella (Rover’s top pet names for 2017) are outside, take the time to really connect with the world around you. Dogs love to follow their noses, so try to allow them some leeway without losing control. During your journey, they’ll want to sniff out who’s been around recently, and leave a little dog graffiti here and there (don’t forget your poop bags). 

Regular exercise helps burn off excess energy that can lead to undesirable behaviors like chewing, scratching or digging. A bonus is there should be a lot less whining or barking for attention. But make no mistake, they will keep you on track by reminding you when it’s time to for your walk. Dogs thrive under regular routines, and so can you.

Best of all? You’ll both lose weight and get healthier.

Walk Your Pet Month

Walk your pet mIt’s a new year full of resolutions. If you’re like most people, your resolutions probably include something about fitness, weight loss or getting healthier, so why not include your best friend? Dogs are the perfect personal trainers, and January is National Walk Your Pet Month, so it’s time to throw out excuses, throw on a coat or sweater and head outside to take your pooch for a walk.

Young dogs often need at least an hour of exercise each day, while some breeds may need more. Age and fitness levels determine how long and vigorous your outing should be.

Benefits of Walks for You and Your Pet

Improved Health – everyone knows regular exercise helps improve your overall health, and it’s true for your dog, too. Regular exercise reduces stress levels and risk factors for many chronic health conditions in both pets and people.

Weight Control: Inactivity breeds excess weight. The easiest way to get regular exercise is to get outside and take a walk. You can always start off with shorter walks and build up to longer excursions. You’ll be glad you did.

Improved Digestion: Believe it or not, regular walks can help with digestion and constipation. Don’t forget to bring a bag to pick up any waste from your dog.

Reduce Destructive Behavior: Dogs that get regular walks are less likely to engage in destructive behaviors, which are often a result of boredom. Regular walks also keep you from vegging out on the sofa.

Relaxation & Better Sleep: Burning off excess energy with a daily walk helps calm excitable pets, and promote better sleep habits.

Socialization: There is an old song from Sesame Street that asks the question: Who are the people in your neighborhood? Grab the leash, and get outside with your dog to find out! Each walk is an opportunity for you and your pet to meet other dogs and people, and to improve confidence.