… that January is Walk Your Pet Month? This can really fit in well with a common New Year’s resolution of “I need to get in shape” or “I need to get more exercise” or “I need to lose some weight”!
More structured exercise can help you and your pet in many ways, including:
- meeting fitness goals
- controlling weight
- combating illness and disease
- improving mood
- boosting energy
- promoting better sleep
- helping you enjoy life
Science Daily had a great story about why owners should exercise with their dogs (link to story). Mental and physical health benefits abound for both people and canines. These include:
- Dogs need an outlet to relieve their energy or they may develop destructive behavior.
- Exercised dogs are happier and more content.
- Excercising together promotes the human-animal bond.
While stopping short of making a blanket recommendation for human-canine exercise periods, the general guidelines for physical activity are:
- larger and working dogs have higher energy needs
- smaller and toy breeds need less exercise
- dogs should get out twice daily for 15-60 minutes at a time for exercise
- just allowing your dog to run loose in the back yard is not sufficient exercise
Here are some links to sites that give good information about exercising with your dog friend. Have a look and let some of the guidance support you as you and your Fido or Fluffy get set to walk!
- Exercising with your dog
- Exercise for Dogs
- Benefits of Exercise for People and Pets
- Losing Weight and Exercising More – Dogs and People Overcoming a Common Problem
Happy Walk Your Dog Month from Real Good Dog Rescue! This is a winter reminder that in the spring and summer we often put out a call to help us walk our foster dogs at Overton Park. It’s great visibility for the foster dogs and we promise you’ll have a great time with our volunteers. Make a resolution to help us help more by walking the dogs with us!