January is Walk Your Dog Month. Get up, get moving and don’t let the plummeting winter temperatures slow you down. Dogs need plenty of exercise throughout the year and, the best way to keep them active in winter is to take them for regular walks. Even a short walk around the block on a cold day can make a big difference. So, begin this year with a pledge — better health for you and your dog!
Walk Your Dog Month - History
The largest dog walk, “The Great North Dog Walk” was organized in the U.K. 22,742 dogs took part in it.
New York’s First Dog Walker
In New York, Jim Buck started out walking an acquaintance’s dog. Later he went on to employ assistants that were walking hundreds of dogs. He also opened a training school for dogs.
Service with a Walk
The first school for training service dogs in Nashville, TN, started training dogs to become intelligent walking companions for the visually impaired.
The First Strong Walkers
In north-eastern Siberia, dogs were getting trained to pull sleds in the snow and go to places that were inaccessible to humans.
How to Observe Walk Your Dog Month
1. Shake things up
Change your walking route so that your dog has something new to sniff at. Dogs learn by discovering their surroundings and need some excitement every now and then.
2. Get some company
Get a friend with a dog to walk with you. Not only will you enjoy a good chat, you can also keep each other motivated to walk in the winter!
3. Throw a dog sweater party in the park
Now, that’s another reason to walk all the way to the park! Make sure you have plenty of treats.
Why Walk Your Dog Month is Important
A. Your dog’s health depends on it
To stay healthy and live long, dogs need plenty of exercise, even in winter. Besides, a walk is good for your health too!
B. Walking is in their genes
Most dog breeds have been selectively developed for herding, sporting, or working. Which means they need to stay active, or they will become hyper and resort to excessive chewing, digging, and scratching.
C. It’s a great way to bond
Spending quality time walking and bonding with your dog is the best way to beat the gloomy and lonely winters!