It became a tradition the first week of October to be designated to remind us about the benefits our dogs bring to us. This week is National Walk Your Dog Week and it’s here to show us the joys of outdoors exercise with our fluffy pooch.

Many pet owners think that dogs need just a walk around the building or a quick run in the yard to finish their business. Dogs need a lot of exercises and with that a lot of mental stimulation that comes with smelling the flowers, meeting other dogs, ball games and throwing sticks.

National Walk Your Dog WeekRegular exercise and running are not just beneficial for the mental health but for the physical too. Many pets in the world that are underexercised are overweight. Pet obesity is a very serious thing that can lead to many health problems.

Veterinary specialists advise that you should walk your dog at least twice a day for a minimum of 15 minutes. We recommend at least 3 walks a day. Walks can be fun, they don’t have to be just a walk around the block for your dog to relieve itself, you can make a party out of every walk. We know that not always is that possible, sometimes is raining, and sometimes the weather is too hot. But you can try to make one of the walks to be longer than 15 minutes and have fun with your dog. Go to the park, throw a ball, chase each other, your dog will be thankful.

The benefits of walking your dog are not just beneficial for your dog, you will feel immediate health benefits yourself. Regular daily walks are good for your health too, they stimulate your metabolism and promote the release of happy hormones.

So go, have fun with your dog! It’s National Walk Your Dog Week!

 

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