Did you know that a recent survey found that only half of dog parents walk their dog at least once a day? A whopping 33% even admitted they rarely walk their dogs! With National Walk Your Dog Week from October 1st - 7th, now is the perfect time to talk about several benefits of walks.

Walking has many benefits for both humans and dogs. Studies have shown that for overweight people/dogs, a 30 minute walk, three times per week can reduce blood pressure, increase energy, improve sense of well-being, and lower your weight by 5% and your dog’s by 15%. Here are 5 reasons 

  1. Strengthens Your Bond. Daily walks provide much needed quality time for you and your pooch. This time is extremely important to your dog’s behavioral development and will provide the foundation for a trusting relationship.
  2. Helps with Weight Control. I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that the holidays are just around the corner and that means extra indulging – for you and your pet. Heading out on a nice, long walk can help keep those extra pounds away for year-long health.
  3. Improves Socialization. Walks are a great way for you and your dog to experience the world together. Adventure to new places; take in the sights and smells around you. You’ll be surprised at what you’ve been missing.
  4. Increases Physical and Mental Health. Humans and dogs have several health issues that can be prevented or treated by regular exercise and a healthy diet. Not to mention the extra activity is great for overcoming dog boredom. Your pup will be happy and you’ll be thankful for the improved behaviors around the house.

Enjoy the great outdoors and changing leaves this fall with your favorite pooch! Come fully equipped on your next hike, walk, or run with these simple essentials.