-30 minutes a day ✔ 5 times a week ✔-
With a pooch comes the automatic thought that as the owner, you “have to” take it for a walk. For many, we then think it’s another chore on your list of things to do.
The short answer is yes, a responsible dog owner will (should and must) walk their dog. However, it’s really easy to forget to understand the true importance of taking your dog out for a walk, so let us remind you…
1. Better physical well-being
Obesity isn’t only a problem for humans, but dogs too! Obesity in pets is associated with a number of medical complaints including:osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and insulin resistance. These problems can take a heavy toll on your pet and on yourself (no pun intended), so take the #pledgeforpaws to avoid obesity in your dog by taking them for their well-deserved walks.
2. Better mental well-being
Physical stimulation allows dogs to expend their excess energy which helps them stay happy and out of trouble. Happy dog, happy owner!
Exposing your pooch to people, other dog-friends, new environments and situations are crucial for their growth and ability to pick up ‘social etiquette’ cues in public. Aside from socialising with other humans/dogs, you are setting aside time to bond with your dog, and they’ll love you more for it!
3. Good for YOUR health too!
Walking your dog isn’t only beneficial for them but also for you. Who doesn’t like a WinWin situation?
The non-judgemental companionship and unconditional love offered by pets is known to have considerable mental health benefits for owners, including increased self-esteem.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that if people incorporate 30 minutes of exercise five days every week they can benefit from:
- Reduced breast cancer by 75%
- Reduced risk of diabetes by 49%
- Reduced risk of heart disease by 35%
- Reduced risk of colon cancer by 22%
To end on a high note, here’s some handy dog-walking tips for your next walk:
- Let’s aim for 30 minute walks, at least! Five times every week. You can do it!
- Remember to keep your dog on a leash, unless you’re in designated off-leash parks. Safety for all comes first.
- Supervision is vital! Keep your eye on children and other dogs.
- Remember to scoop their poop. Keep a plastic bag handy on your lead at all times for unforeseen poops emergencies.
- Keep hydrated. Not only for your dog but also for you.
In true #PledgeForPaws fashion let’s take the pledge,
I, *insert name*, will (attempt) to walk my dog for (at least) 30 minutes a day, five times a week, for the greater good of myself and my dog.