January 2022 officially marks Walk Your Dog Month. By taking your dog for regular walks, it provides the foundation for both positive physical and mental health.
Walk Your Dog Month offers the perfect opportunity to get you and your dog moving. Why not kickstart your healthy new year’s resolutions with more exercise and fresh air? Don’t let the shorter days and chilly weather put you and your dog off.
Dogs require plenty of exercise throughout their lives and the best way to keep them active during the winter months is to take them for regular walks. Take a look at the following suggestions to help you and your dog celebrate Walk Your Dog Month.
Your walking route
It’s a great idea to change your walking route. A different route will provide some new sights, sounds and smells for your dog. It will also leave them feeling excited, content and add to their overall mental stimulation.
A new treat for your dog
Why not treat your dog to a new coat, collar or toy? These little treats won’t go unnoticed and they can help to make all the difference.
Teaching new tricks
Teaching your dog some new tricks is an opportunity for you to not only spend some quality time together, but it can also help to burn off some energy too. It’s a great way for your dog to get some all-important exercise in a fun, focused and enjoyable way.
Improve mental wellbeing
As your dog may be in the house more than usual during the winter months, a walk could really help to lift their mood. Afterall, physical activity releases endorphins which create a feeling of happiness.
Walking your dog means you are much more likely to meet other dog owners within your community who are also out and about walking their dogs. This provides a great opportunity for your dog to enjoy some social interaction with new and familiar dogs.