Walk the dog!
If you are not very active, owning a dog could give you a very good reason to walk regularly. However, before adopting a pup, you need to consider the breed that is appropriate for your lifestyle. For example, consider adopting a medium size less active dog, if you live in a small apartment.
Dog walking tips:
(i) Aim for 30-minute walks, five times per week.
(ii) Keep your dog on its leash in public areas, unless it is an “off leash” zone.
(iii) Supervise your dog around young children.
(iv) Make sure your dog is properly identified.
(v) Take a plastic bag or scoop to clean up your dog’s poop.
(vi) Avoid walking in extreme heat, take fresh water for you and your dog to drink.
Health benefits of walking dog:
1) Bonding experience
This is the time to explore, adventure, experience a new environment or see something new which is fun for you and your furry friend.
2) Emotional connection
By taking the time to experience the outside world with your pup, it can create an emotional connection, and build trust within your relationship through playtime.
3) Fresh air and exercise
Exercise and fresh air have a physical health benefit, starting with the short walks and keeping track of how you and your pup feel after each walk, and taking the opportunity to get moving to new places or push yourself and your best friend for longer walk times and places to explore.
4) Training opportunity
Your dog walk could be used as a training opportunity, you could use this time to focus on hand signals and commands with dog toys.
5) Track and measure success
You can start with small goals, track and measure your success with your daily walks, since you have a workout partner that will always be with you every step of the way.
Walk the dog!