National Walk Your Dog Week - Benefits of Walking Your Dog, Tips + Our Favorite places to walk!

Happy National Walk Your Dog Week Everyone! Walking your dog doesn't just benefit your pup, it benefits us as well! So today to celebrate this pawsome day, I am sharing 10 benefits of walking your dog (for both you and your canine companion), 8 tips for walking your dog, and 3 of my favorite places to take a stroll here on the North Island!

  1. Some of the main benefits to our and our canine companions include improved cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, stronger muscles, and bones and decreased stress. Just being around a dog can lower your levels of cortisol, the human stress hormone, and walking makes everyone destress, unplug, and relax!

  2. A regular walk is vitally important for you and your pet's health too. Obesity in pets is associated with a number of medical complaints including osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, and insulin resistance, just like it is in humans. Get up, stretch, and get moving with your fur-kid and it will improve your health greatly and theirs too!

  3. A walk can make a dog very happy. They love to check out the sights and smells and will really look forward to spending time with you. A dog that doesn't receive sufficient exercise can easily become bored or destructive. It also boosts everyone's happiness because walking combines several mood-elevating elements like fresh air, nature, and the chance to buy some snappy new sneakers. Walking helps to boost serotonin, one of four natural brain chemicals commonly called the “feel-good chemicals.”

  4. Walking connects us with nature. While walking both you and your fur-kid are able to commune with and connect with the natural world around us. By unplugging and getting back to nature, it can increase your focus and well-being. Anecdotally, dog walking is additionally useful for problem-solving and getting yourself “unstuck.”

  5. Walking is also great at alleviating boredom for both of you. Walking alone can feel lonely or even boring. And sitting alone in the yard isn’t too exciting for your dog, either. A walk with an enthusiastic canine is instant companionship.

  6. Going for a walk also increases your sense of community. Dog walking is a great opportunity for socializing, for both you and your dog with your community. Your dog gets to experience new people, surroundings, and even other dogs. Who knows, you might even find yourself chatting with other dog walkers or neighbors. Walks are also a great way for you and your dog to experience the world together and have an adventure to new places; take in the sights and smells around you. You’ll be surprised at what you’ve been missing!

  7. Walking with your fur-kid can also strengthen your bond. Daily walks provide much-needed quality time for you and your pooch. This time is very important to your dog’s behavioral development and will provide the foundation for a trusting relationship.

  8. Regular exercise, like walking, is a good way to burn those excess calories and keep the pounds off – for both you and your dog.

  9. Joints, even old ones, need to move and work. People and pets get stiff when sedentary for too long, and keeping joints in motion improves their function.

  10. Walking with your fur-kid also boosts your motivation to get some exercise, especially if you feel you’re doing it for your canine friend. In fact,