February 22nd is Walking the Dog Day; a perfect time to grab a leash and hit the streets. It is a day to partake in by all whether you have a dog or not. Ensure you have suitable clothing and appropriate footwear, grab a bottle of water, some poop scoop’ bags and away you go.
The good thing about walking dogs is that you can do it anywhere; in the park, down the street, at the beach, etc. Exercise is good for you and your dog, and since dogs are social animals you will meet other dog parents too. No dog? Borrow one from your neighbor, grab a leash and get walking! The health benefits are endless.
Here we highlight some of the best reasons to walk your dog on Walking the Dog Day:
1. Walking will keep you and your dog healthy
Dogs – and of course humans – need exercise to stay healthy in the long run. Walking your dog on February 22nd and regularly from now on can help reduce destructive behavior, maintain a dog’s healthy weight, and help your dog stay mentally healthy and happy.
2. Walks are a great opportunity to bond with your pet while keeping fit
Dog walking is a great excuse to get us humans off the couch and on the end of a leash. It helps solidify the bond you share with your dog and allows you to get new experiences together. Dogs walked in new places get to meet new people, new dogs and experience new things. This makes them better socialized and overall good canine citizens.
3. It’s an opportunity for both you and your dog to get necessary social interaction
Both dogs and humans are social beings that need to regularly get out to meet with others. Your dog will greatly benefit from spending time with other dogs, and that can be a great way to socialize with other dog parents as well. Do you get nervous around new people? Don’t worry; dogs are also a good icebreaker when meeting new people.
4. Walking eases stress and anxiety in both dogs and their parents
Dog walking has been reported to boost the immune system and reduce blood pressure. In addition, petting a dog can alleviate stress and calm frayed nerves. Dogs also benefit mentally and physically from time spent outside.
5. Dogs have natural exploring and roaming instincts
Walking your dog on Walking the Dog Day fulfills this need by providing the necessary physical and mental stimulation. On a day as this, your dog is bound to be exposed to various sounds, smells, and sights and exploring these will give your dog a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Whether you have a dog or you just like to get outside for a stroll, Walking the Dog Day is the perfect opportunity to go outside for a walk, and even give back to your local shelter or pet rescue at the same time.
Will you walk your dog on Walking the Dog Day?