National Walk Your Dog Week Reminds You to Exercise Your Pet

Posted by Stacey Venzel

Exercise is more than just a romp in the yard between puppy friends!

The first week in October is National Walk Your Dog Week. It's an important reminder to canine guardians that exercise is vital to a healthy pup.

Many owners make the mistake in thinking that just letting the dog out in the yard or arranging a play date is sufficient exercise. But playtime doesn't boost cardio as much as a walk, and doggy backyard time is often consumed by sniffing and sunbathing.

dog walkWalks also stimulate mental health as dogs investigate new smells. Additionally, they can be helpful for healthy digestion systems. For dogs with excess energy or behavioral issues, exercise could be the answer.

Pet obesity is on the rise due to overfeeding and lack of exercise. Both optimal nutrition and daily walks are important to maintaining quality overall health.

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At least two 15-minute walks every day can be a step toward keeping your pet slim. But ideally, two full hours of activity will get your canine trim--provided a healthy diet is adhered to as well.

If you want to spice things up, consider taking your canine to the beach or on a hike. Your dog will thank you in the long run for looking out for this health--and you'll thank yourself, too!

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National Walk Your Dog Week Reminds You to Exercise Your Pet