We’ll admit that January might not be the best time for “Walk Your Dog Month.” What with the freezing cold, ice and snow, it’s hardly an enjoyable time to take your dog out for a walk.
As much of the country endures a deep freeze and the “bomb cyclone,” the thought of venturing outdoors may send a shiver down your spine. Instead, most of us would rather hibernate until spring arrives.
With that said, your four-legged friend still needs daily exercise no matter what the thermometer reads. Whether it’s a walk around the block or playing with his favorite toys, daily activity offers your pup a plethora of health benefits related to digestive, behavioral and joint issues.
The truth is that obesity is an increasingly common problem among maturing and senior dogs. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), more than 45% of dogs can be classified as overweight or obese. With extra weight to bear, an obese dog may be at risk for conditions related to its heart, kidneys, GI tract and joints to name a few.
Fortunately, regular walks and exercise can help control weight, limit the risk of obesity and prevent digestive issues like constipation. Along with a healthy diet and GlycoFlex® joint supplements, regular exercise will help keep your dog happy and healthy for many years to come!
It’s hardly a secret that many dogs tend to engage in destructive or aggressive behavior. Does your pup love to gnaw on your favorite chews? Scratch furniture? Those common behaviors could be the result of pent up energy.
You can help your dog spend that excess energy by taking him out for a walk in the park. A tired dog is less likely to act destructively or beg for attention. You’ll soon discover that exercise is a great way to curb unruly behavior and help your dog sleep better!
So, are you ready to kick off “Walk Your Dog Month”? Then, bundle up and get moving today. Your pup will thank you later!