Who’s Walking Who?

art-select-object-magic-1fThere are many good reasons to get a dog and some are the extra perks which come with the territory—so to speak. If you’re here on Dog Tails we’d probably be preaching to the choir if we started listing them in this space. We’ll cut to the chase. Walking.

“Healthy and active living is an attitude and a lifestyle approach, and one that will improve your quality of life forever. If you make it a priority and you truly value it, you will make it happen,” says Gabriela Tymowski, professor of kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick. Stick-to-it-ness around exercise usually involves making a plan. A commitment. Even better is to try not going it alone. Find a partner. Tymowski suggests a dog for a walking partner. As he says, “You won’t find a better exercising partner who would always rather do more than less.”

Glenna Hanley, adds “You won’t be able to get Fido a membership at your local fitness club, but he will be more than willing to go for a walk or a run – and in any kind of weather, too.”

Walking with your dog is a win-win situation all around. Dogs do better physically and mentally with a daily, consistent routine for walking. Hmm, how about you? Do you feel better from the walks with your friend?

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2 Comments on “Who’s Walking Who?

  1. It always amazes me when I hear people complain about their “unruly” dog. My first question to them is “do you walk them”? The usual response is “not as much as I should” or “we have a big back yard they run around in”. People just don’t get it. That big back yard they just run around in is driving that dog crazy. It’s so simple but most people are so lazy. The benefit and reward of a good long walk with running off leash is the KEY to a satisfied fulfilled dog.

    • Donna,
      Ah, running off leash–now we’re talking!
      Thanks for your comment and stopping by Dog Tails.

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