January is National Walk Your Dog Month and it’s also the month of making New Year’s Resolutions (you know who you are). If you are having trouble keeping with your fitness program, rather than shelling out money for a personal trainer, look no further than your furry four-legged friend! Unlike your human buddies who are likely to skip exercise sessions due to appointments or bad weather, dogs will not give you any excuse to miss out on your daily fitness routine.
In addition to exercise, walking with your dog stops him from getting bored, it’s a great behavior training opportunity, and it teaches your dog how to behave in the company of other dogs. Also, it gets both of you out and about while helping to grow the bond you have with your dog.
Like a child, your dog wants to know the world. If they are confined to the house for too long, pets get bored, and boredom can lead to destructive behavior. Wild animals learn about their environment through mothers and members of the clan, and a domesticated animal only has that opportunity for a few weeks while with their mothers and siblings. Your dog is dependent on you to take them out to explore the sights, smells, and sounds of the world, and it’s recommended to vary the places you take your pet as much as possible. You’ve probably noticed how busy (and excited!) your dog gets when he’s walking, so let them enjoy every opportunity to discover! For more information about training and exercise, visit us on the web at www.ourpetvets.com.
Jagpal S. Deo, DVM