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Walk Your Dog Month

The month of January is Walk Your Dog Month, making it the perfect time to get moving in the new year.

Walking your dog often ensures that both of you are getting more fresh air and exercise. It’s a great daily activity to do with your beloved pet, and it allows for more bonding time.

You can also include the whole family to make it a fun outing that incorporates exercise and healthy behaviors for everyone.

When days get busy, it’s normal to want to relax, but even getting in a few minutes of walking time can make a difference for both you and your dog. 

Here are some benefits of and ideas for your walks: 

Motivation And Health

Furry friends require exercise to live their happiest lives. Taking your dog out for a walk can be a great way to combat anxiety, keep their joints active, and help them stay healthy.

But the health benefits don’t stop with your pets. Joining them on walks can also help increase your activity and give you some daily cardio. Exercise also has a positive impact on our mental health. It can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, and can improve your mood and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal. And walking with your dog can help you interact with others as many people love to stop and pet your dog and chat with you.

New Locations

You can incorporate some fun into your walks by trying out new routes. A predictable route can get tiresome, especially if you walk down the same path every single day. 

Having a change of scenery can be fun for your dog and for you. Do a different route each day, try walking through the park, walk to a friend’s house, walk on the trails, or try walking to the dog park and back. It’s okay to switch it up. You might even meet new friends and find new adventures along the way.

Prepare For Weather

The cold winter weather doesn’t have to slow down your walks. You can be ready for any weather with the right gear.  A raincoat and rainboots or a winter coat and hat can help you stay comfortable despite the conditions.  You can take more frequent, but shorter walks when the weather is especially nasty.  Or make it fun by embracing the weather–splash in puddles with your pup or run around in the snow and throw snowballs for your dog to chase.

You can also make sure your pets are in proper attire. If your dog has short hair, you can consider putting a coat or sweater on them to keep them cozy. Boots also help protect their paws from ice, snow, or slush they might step in.