Thank you to Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Behaviorist Colleen Paige, National Walk Your Dog Week founder: http://www.walkyourdogweek.com/.
We completed our 7 days of walking for #DogWalkingWeek, and even extended it to 8! We hope that your week, whether you have completed it yet or not, motivates you to keep walking as well. We won’t make Day 9 because of appointments, but we hope to get back to it right after that.
How do we stay motivated to keep it up though? I think we can use the same reasons and principals to keep going as we did to get going in the first place.
- Walking keeps both you and your dogs healthier. Not only does it burn calories, but it is especially beneficial to senior dogs with arthritis, like our two girls. Dogs who get plenty of exercise are often more well behaved.
- Fresh air and exercise are good for the soul as well. Whether you enjoy an interesting walk seeing sights in the city, or a country walk enjoying the fall foliage, it really clears your head and gives you a break from the stresses of every day life. New sights and sounds keep your dogs stimulated.
- It’s bonding time for you and your dogs.
- Remember how much your dogs are enjoying themselves! Seeing them out there having fun, and then later seeing them sleeping in total relaxation is great motivation.
Remember some of the principals we shared:
- Keep It Simple – Walks don’t have to be a project – stay close to home if that’s easier. A short walk is better than no walk at all.
- Switch it Up – If you can, get in your car and visit some place new further away. If you stay close to home, change your route, go for a longer distance or time, and work on some training while you’re at it.
- Use the proper equipment. We shared some of our favorite leashes and harnesses in our previous posts. Use whatever works for you and your dogs; there are so many options out there. Don’t forget your own equipment too; wear proper shoes and clothing for your weather. Dress in layers if it’s cool and might warm up while you’re out there.
- Have fun! Let your dogs stop and sniff if that’s what they enjoy! We added our own fun little twist to our week by taking a selfie each day before we headed out.
- Make a plan but be flexible as well. I had a plan for our Day 8 but when our realtor called about a showing for our house, I had to switch things around. It would have been easy to just cross the walk off our to do list for that day, but instead we just went out at a different time.
- Split up multiple pets if you can and if that’s easier for you. I walk our dogs individually, and they enjoy their one on one time with me.
We ended up sticking close to home after the first day when Luke and I drove to a different place. Things have been kind of crazy, and that’s just what worked this time. But I still have some outings planned coming up. I have really enjoyed being out there enjoying our gorgeous fall weather and foliage, and I hope to keep walking as often as possible.
I also wanted to share this short video of Cricket and I on one of our walks. Just in case you didn’t believe me that our arthritic little beagle still moves right along, here’s the evidence. Note two things: the constantly wagging tail, and the way she occasionally quickly looks back at me, as if to see if I’m still coming or not (I apparently slow her down)!
Have you finished your week of walking, or are you still going? Will you extend your walks beyond the 7 day commitment? Remember, our celebration is open until October 15th so bloggers can continue to share their posts, and everyone else can continue to leave comments on the host blogs (ourselves, Cascadian Nomads, and Dolly the Doxie), and social media using the hashtag #DogWalkingWeek!