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The benefits of dog walking…

The benefits of dog walking…

When you first get your four legged bundle of joy the excitement over takes you and there’s nothing more you look forward to than taking them on long walks and play time. Although this may seem exciting at the beginning a sad statistic suggests that one in five dog owners do not walk their pet / pets daily. Dog walks are something that shouldn’t be classed as a chore and something that is an enjoyable experience that you look forward to doing daily…here are some gruelling statistics that may make shock you!

  • One in five dog owners do not give their pet a daily walk.
  • A survey of 1000 people by the Kennel Club revealed that one in three dog owners are themselves overweight.
  • The lack of exercise means a third of Britain’s dogs are obese.

The daily requirement for your pet is at least one walk of 30 to 40 minutes every day and ideally a second one…so here are some motivational tips to get you and your pet more active!

No need to join the gym!

This may be music to your ears for those ‘’gymophobics’’ out there, dog owners get more exercise walking their pet than someone that has a gym membership. Those without a dog spend an average of just one hour and 20 minutes a week exercising using the gym where as dog owners on average exercise their animal twice a day for 24 minutes each time which is a total of five hours and 38 minutes a week and on top of that the average owner takes their dog out on three long walks each week adding a further two hours and 33 minutes to the total. Amazing I know!!

If you would like to see the full reports on these statistics please follow the link below:


Why not set yourself a challenge?

Why not making it fun and set yourself a challenge each week? These could be simple steps such as upping your pace, walking for an extra 5-10 minutes each time, giving yourself a daily target amount of steps to reach, lightly jogging with your pet or bringing in play time to it by throwing sticks and balls.

Location, location, location…

Bored of the same walk each day…why not make a day of it? This amazing website lists great retreats which are all dog friendly from beaches, country parks, pubs and more it may keep you and your pet more interested.


Fun ways to exercise including your pet…

Why not try some other activities which will keep you both active! Go for a swim, this is very low impact and something you can do together, jog or a run, tug-of-war this can help build your upper body strength and your pet will have lots of fun, play catch, sign up for pet friendly exercise classes such as agility or even ‘’doga’’ which is a form of yoga and finally walking your pet in all types of weathers such as snow, sand, water and in leaves can add to the excitement. There are some more great ideas on the website below.


Some of these simple steps will get you and four legged friends more active and healthy, so why not start now….what have you got to lose?

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