According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, a staggering 53% of dogs in the United States are considered to be overweight. Overfeeding, coupled with age and various medical ailments all contribute to this astronomical statistic. One of the biggest reasons, however, as to why pets are reaching unhealthy body weights, is because they aren’t getting adequate exercise. The first week in October is ‘National Walk Your Dog Week, and it’s a trend that’s not only fun for your pet, but for you as well – with loads of benefits besides just weight loss…

When you engage your dog on walks, not only are they getting the exercise that they need to manage arthritis, improve their digestive system, build muscle, and aide in weight control – it’s actually paramount for their mental health as well. Just like humans, dogs too can get bored, and can lead to destructive behaviors such as chewing on furniture, or digging holes in the backyard. Often just adding an hour walk to your daily routine provides enough stimulation for your pet to be deterred from these negative habits.

Taking a daily walk with your pet also allows for them to be properly socialized. Whether it’s meeting new furry friends, sniffing fire hydrants or simply walking past the mailman down the street – it’s all rather important for the overall temperament that your pet exudes.

So lace up those sneakers, grab your dogs leash, and take advantage of this cooler weather by going on a stroll with your pet. Your heart, and your dog’s will thank you!