Here at Pets Add Life we are all about doing things with your pet, especially getting outside – which is why we’re encouraging all of our pals to pawticipate in Walk the Dog Day, happening February 22. We know it’s hard to keep up with all the off-the-wall awareness days we always throw at ya, but this is one that’s near and dear to our hearts – and here’s why.
Walking your dog isn’t just about getting your joints moving and absorbing some fresh air and vitamin D (though those are two awesome benefits), it’s about helping them to relieve some of their instincts, like smelling, exploring, and exercising. More so, it’s about enriching your bond by spending quality time together doing something that’s great for both of you. For February 22 and every day, here are four quick tips for a better walk with your doggo:
- Make sure your pet has proper identification, either through tags or a microchip, just in case you get separated on your walk.
- Know their temperament. If you know your pet doesn’t take well to other animals (or gets anxious when leashed), try walking them in areas you won’t run into a lot of other dogs – or consider changing the time of your walk to earlier or later in the day. If you see an animal approaching, don’t be embarrassed to cross the street or pull your dog closer, preventative action is crucial when you’re a pet parent!
- Bring a poop bag! Pretty please, don’t be that person.
- Be patient. Sometimes it’s hard for dogs to contain their excitement on a walk but it won’t help anything if you let your frustration get the best of you. If your dog is misbehaving, stop what you’re doing and wait until they calm down. If your dog is constantly stopping to smell the roses, tighten the leash and walk briskly so they have no choice but to keep up. Though it’s not a bad thing to wait and let them smell their surroundings – in fact, it’s better for them – but of course, there’s a time and place for leisurely sniffing.
And who says it has to be your dog? Walk your cat! Your ferret! Your horse! We’re really just using Walk the Dog Day as an excuse to push you to get outside with your animal (and you should too!)
Before you hit the streets, snap a pic of you and your pet leashed up and ready to walk, then post it on our Facebook page!