Your Dog Isn't the Only One That Needs a Walk

Dog and Owner on a Walk

As a responsible pet owner, you know that taking your dog out for regular walks is good for him, but did you know it's good for you, too? It's not just about the exercise, it's about time outdoors in the fresh air, and time spent bonding with your pet.

Ideas for Increasing Your Walk's Effectiveness

Because life is busy, you may keep walks short and businesslike, but this robs you and your pet of potential benefits. By allotting more time for your daily walk, you have the opportunity to have fun, get creative and incorporate more exercise into your routine. So, try these tips to optimize your time with your best friend:

  • Vary your routine. Dogs get bored, just like people do. If you've been going the same old route it's time to change things up. Explore a different area of your neighborhood. Turn left instead of right.
  • Another thing you can do is vary your speed. Maybe incorporate some short sprints into your walk. Your dog will get more exercise and it's a good way for you to get in a little cardio. You can also stop periodically for some stretches or other exercise. Perhaps incorporate some lunges or push-ups.
  • Bring a handful of treats with you (for your dog) to reinforce good behavior. This is especially helpful if your dog struggles with walking well on a leash.
  • This is a great opportunity for you to get outside, get active and enjoy each other's company. The relaxation factor can make it easier to get a good night's sleep.

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