This week is National Walk Your Dog Week, which is seven days, 168 hours, or 10,080 minutes dedicated to improving the health and well being of America’s dogs. Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Behaviorist, Colleen Page founded this active mission in 2010 to encourage healthy lifestyles for people and their four-legged companions.
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese and to make matters worse, 90% of owners don’t recognize it. Regular exercise is important for both pets and people and there are a number of great benefits to go along with it.
Here are just a few of those benefits:
1. Improved Health
According to the American Pet Product Association’s National Pet Owners Survey, 51% of dog owners say that a benefit of having a dog is exercising and walking. Think about it, would you rather go to the gym and walk on the treadmill or venture outside with your favorite pal? Taking a walk around the neighborhood can lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels and all you need is 30 minutes each day.
2. Expanded Social Circle
Walking your dog isn’t just great for your health, but your social life too! A quick stroll through the neighborhood park provides you the chance to meet people, find dogs that play well with your own and even set up feature play dates.
3. Improved Behavior
Just like children who run around and play, when your dog gets regular exercise, they’ll burn off some of that pent-up energy, which will help them relax and sleep better at night. Walking for the recommended 30 minutes per day can drastically reduce evening restlessness.
With all the benefits of walking your dog, what are you waiting for? Remember – adding exercise to your dog’s life can add years too!