National Walk Your Dog Week is here, making it the perfect time to get your pup’s paws moving! The first week of October is beautiful across the U.S. where the air is crisp and the leaves have begun to change color!
National Walk Your Dog Week was founded in 2010 to bring awareness to the ever increasing problem of canine behavior issues and canine obesity in America. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 40% of dogs…a total of about 17 million in the United States, are overweight. Just walking your dog just 30 minutes a day, meets the national recommendations for heart health!
Not only will walking your pooch keep both of you physically fit, but it also wards off high cholesterol and high blood pressure. At the end of the walk, you and your pooch will feel more relaxed, refreshed and have more confidence! Walking with your furry friend each day strengthens your bond, leading to a strong, trusting relationship.
Walking your furry best friend each day gives your pup a chance to meet new friends. Your pooch will become familiar with all the sights and sounds of the neighborhood by meeting people, dogs and other creatures. Switch up your walking route every once in a while so your pooch can have different encounters leading to less nervousness in the future. Walking daily with your pup is a great way to help them relax, bark less, and reduce anxiety.
There must be a reason why your pup starts jumping in circles, wagging her tail and howling for joy every time you grab the leash! Although it may not be scientifically proven, it seems to us that dogs LOVE going on walks.