IT IS NATIONAL WALK YOUR DOG MONTH!
Everybody seems to want to get fit in January. New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. Why not include your furry friend in your new habits! Dogs LOVE to walk, even more if you throw a toy! Walking has health benefits too. So we are here to give you great reasons to celebrate this month with us!
We all know the health benefits of exercise and that includes walking. Walking is also a low-impact form of exercise. That means that you get all the health benefits without all the intensity on your joints! Here are a few health conditions that greatly benefit from this kind of exercise:
- Any joint disease
Taking your dog on a walk 2-3 times per week is a great way to prevent or help manage these diseases. It lubricates joints with fluid that is naturally anti-inflammatory and of course, regular exercise helps correct and/or prevent anything relating to obesity.
Dogs may spend most of their time at our homes, but occasionally they do venture out with us. It is common for unsocialized animals to be uncomfortable, or even fearful, in the outside world or in response to people being at your house. Socializing them helps decrease this strain and get them comfortable with other people and places.
Getting out and about is the best way to socialize your pet. Short walks near people or short visits to town are great! Just make sure to ease off if your pet becomes too anxious.
Gets that energy OUT
We all love our pets, especially playing with our pets. But, sometimes their endless energy can be overwhelming! Younger dogs especially need the exercise to burn off excess energy. This decreases the chance of boredom and destructive behavior such as chewing shoes, swallowing toys, etc.
BEST OF ALL, BONDING TIME!
How much quality time do you spend with your dog that you actually focus on them? This is a great way to strengthen your friendship by
joining together in a safe, peaceful activity. Never underestimate how much your dog loves spending time with you.