Strut Your Mutt!
Tired from a long day of work and don’t have time to take your dog out to the park? Then strut your mutt! If you want to keep your dog healthy and happy, be sure to give them the exercise they need. The simplest way to keep them in shape is to take them on daily walks. A simple 20-30 minute walk around the neighborhood can enhance both their physical and mental health. Not only it is beneficial to your dog, it is beneficial to you also. According to Steve Jobs, you can improve your focus and productivity, while exercising your creative mind just by going on a brisk walk. Easily get your mind off of negative thoughts by enjoying the nature around you. This is a great way to manage your stress levels. Walking will improve your overall health, and your dog’s too!
Think of them as children, they need attention and constantly want to play. The best times to walk your dog is in the early morning before you head off to class or work, or after you come home to catch the last hours of the sunlight. If you have a puppy who has not yet been leash trained, click here for some tips on how to teach your pup to walk on a leash. It might take some time for your puppy to get used to wearing a collar and a leash, but if you follow these simple directions, your dog will be ready to take walks in no time!
Exercise is essential to good health. If your dog is lacking the proper exercise that they need, it may lead to serious problems such as biting, digging, scratching or any other means of rough play. This also gives you quality time to spend with your dog, especially if you’re busy during the day. If you have a restless dog who’s full of energy, a walk will be perfect to calm them down and keep them relaxed when they are home. Or, if you have an overweight dog, walks can help him control their weight and keep him in shape. No matter what the circumstance is, your dog will love and appreciate you.
And remember, too much exercise can be harmful for your dog too. 20-30 minutes a day is recommended - as long as you strut your mutt and give them a bit of fresh air everyday, they’ll be happy. This creates a healthy lifestyle for both you and your pet. Make this a routine and they’ll get their tail wagging once you grab the leash. So what are you waiting for? Put the harness on and get going!
* If you do not have a dog, but would like to volunteer as a dog walker, check out your local rescue or animal shelter for any upcoming opportunities. One of our partners, Priceless Pets Rescue, has weekly Sunday Hikes if you’re interested in walking dogs that are currently up for adoption. Check it out!