Who Let The Dogs Out?

Today we celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day. Walking is an often overlooked activity that yields tons of benefits for not only you but your furry companion too! Here are some valuable reasons and helpful tips when  taking your dog for a walk in the park.

Sara Forsberg · March 30, 2021

Who Let The Dogs Out?

Today we celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day. Walking is an often overlooked activity that yields tons of benefits for not only you but your furry companion too! Here are some valuable reasons and helpful tips when  taking your dog for a walk in the park.

So why the park?

Walking your dog has a lot of health benefits, such as preventing obesity, improving joint health and helping ward off destructive behaviors. But by taking the exact same route aroundy the block or your neighborhood every day, your dog may get bored. Dogs need mental stimulation in addition to just physical exercise. Over time, taking the same path over and over again can become less entertaining for your dog. Finding new spots to go for a walk, like different parks, could be just what your pet needs.  By offering  your dog a bunch of new sights and especially new scents to sniff will add some excitement to your dog’s daily walk!

Benefits of walking your dog

  • It's enjoyable and beneficial for both you and your pup — Walking is a fun, relaxing way to give both you and your pet’s hearts, lungs, muscles a workout and helps to keep both you and your dogs’ joints limber. Taking a stroll, seeing and hearing the beautiful sights and sounds of nature can renew your body and mind. Walking is a great way to relieve stress, and it's a simple and fun way to add a little extra activity to any part of your day.
  • It’s easy and you don’t need much — Do you have a comfortable pair of shoes? A collar, leash and maybe a harness and sweater and/ or booties for your pup? Then you have everything you need for a walk! Don’t forget the poop bags. 
  • You can enjoy a walk with other friends and families and their fur babies too — Strenuous workouts or runs with your dog can make it a bit challenging to socialize, so if you’re looking for an activity that will let you strengthen your relationships and help socialize your dog, walking is a great option. Meet up with a friend for a walk and talk while getting your pups exercise too! Or take a family walk after dinner to catch up on everyone’s day and wear out your fur baby for bedtime.

Tips when walking your dog in a new park

  • Do some extra research on the park before you arrive. Ensure you can bring a leashed dog since certain parks do not allow dogs at all. Also determine what you need to bring along, for example, extra water if the park doesn’t have water fountains. Additionally check to see if they have unpaved rough terrain trails or paved trails that could be irritating in winter or hot in the summer- your pup may benefit from protective booties or balm for their pads.
  • Be respectful! Make sure you use the poop bags and dispose of your animal’s waste properly.
  • Always keep your dog on his/her leash. No matter how well they may be voice trained, distractions, like other dogs, other people or wild critters or birds in a new environment can throw that training out the window.
  • For your pup’s and your own safety make sure, if you are walking at night, dusk or dawn, that you wear reflective clothing, or carry a light, and possibly invest in a reflective leash and collar for your four legged friends.

Going for a walk in the park combines two things that dogs love; exercise and the outdoors. Taking your dog on a walk helps keep their leg muscles strong and their joints running smoothly. For younger dogs, a walk is a great way to help your pup relieve pent up energy and expose them to new surroundings; especially when it’s a new park! This fun national holiday helps promote a healthy lifestyle for both dogs and their pet parents, and helps establish and build strong bonds through quality time spent together. Just being outdoors and in a new environment with new sights and smells is fun for any dog! Dogs love being outdoors, so grab their leash and enjoy the day with your beloved furry companion.

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Sara Forsberg

Sara Forsberg

Sara has been part of the BARF team since 2019. She is responsible for some admin duties, helping keep the office running smoothly and support for Rob Jr. and the rest of the team. She has been passionate about animals since a small child growing up with a Siberian Husky and 3 cats, and as an adult having a Labrador Retriever that suffered from a lot of allergy problems. She now has a rescue orphaned kitten, Poppy, and a new addition in another Lab named Jax. She has 7 children that keep her busy in most of her spare time; but enjoys anything on or near the water, spending time with friends and family, music, reading and cooking.

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