We’ll be the first to admit that January is kind of a strange choice 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. In fact, the thought of venturing outdoors may send a shiver down your spine. Most of us would rather hibernate until spring arrives!
With that said, your dog still needs daily exercise to stay happy and healthy. Whether it’s a walk around the block or playing with their favorite toys, daily physical and mental enrichment offers your pup a plethora of benefits related to digestive, behavioral, and joint health.
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 compromised health related to the heart, kidneys, GI tract, and joints.
Fortunately, regular walks and appropriate exercise can help control weight, limit the risk of obesity, and even help prevent uncomfortable digestive challenges like constipation. Along with a healthy diet and GlycoFlex® joint supplements, regular exercise can help keep your dog happy and healthy for many years to come!
An outlet for energy
Many dogs (especially teenagers!) tend to engage in destructive or aggressive behavior. Does your pup love to gnaw on your favorite shoes? Scratch or chew furniture? Those behaviors could be the result of pent-up energy.
You can help your dog shake off that excess energy by taking them out for a walk, whether it’s in your neighborhood, at a favorite park, or at a dog-friendly local trail! A tired, well-exercised dog is less likely to get into mischief or feel the need to beg for your attention. Fun exercise is a great way to help your dog settle better at home, and even sleep better!
If you need a little extra help getting your dog to act calm, cool, and collected, grab some Composure calming supplements!
Life is busy, and sometimes it can be hard to carve out one-on-one time to spend with your four-legged best friend.
Making a plan to walk your dog (or, if the weather’s really bad, just spend some quality time together) every day in January can allow for important bonding time and help improve your relationship.
So, are you ready to kick off “Walk Your Dog Month”? Bundle up, grab some treats and a leash, and get moving today!