Assemble your trail mix, grab the perfect playlist, and untangle that leash because it’s Walk Your Dog Month! January is the time to hit the trail with your favorite four legged running mate and hike your way into the new year. Over here at Wondercide, we believe there are few things more important in life than submerging yourself in nature as a great refresh. Accompany your fluffy companion on a quest through new wilderness experiences and serene scenic excursions, even if it’s just a walk down the street, to welcome in this exciting month of dog walking.
Okay, we know that for most states, it’s getting cold, really cold. But according to the Washington Post, the east coast has experienced the warmest January yet, and winter temperatures are now more similar to those in March than a regular snowy season. There are so many reasons to get outside, whether snowy or clear.
The beauty of walking is that there’s something in it for everyone. Your puppy will thank you for the burst of freedom it gets to experience, as well as your calf muscles – the next time you’re presented with a meeting on the fifth floor of an elevator-less building.
Reduce stress and anxiety.
Walking help to melt away the responsibilities and lingering questions we have buzzing around our brains all day. Studies have shown that being in nature offers a tranquil alternative to indoor relaxation breaks and lowers blood pressure and anxiety levels.
A change of scene.
As much as it’s cruel to be in the office all day, both you and your pup deserve a break.. When you can, why not take your little friend to the nearest nature preserve, or for a stroll down the block, or even to a national park if you’re within a good distance? A change of scene can remove you and your animal from an all too familiar environment and open up the possibilities of an adventure.
It’s safe to say that for most dogs, going for a walk is one of their favorite activities. “Walkies?” And dogs go crazy! Walking your dog strengthens the bond between the two of you because now your pup’s fun outdoor adventures are associated with their favorite human friend. Taking them for daily walks will increase their sense of security with their pet parent and show them just how much you love them.
Spending quality time with your pets can drastically improve your mood, and when mixed with exercise, you get double the serotonin.
Maybe this concept will be lost on your pup, but while they’re off digging up a squirrel’s home or chasing a bird across the field, taking a walk can allow you to contemplate life and mull things over in the serenity of the outdoors.
Dogs can be great wingmen when it comes to making friends and having social interactions. Watching your pup roll around with another friendly furry friend at a dog park is the perfect icebreaker to start a conversation with their owner. It’s also important for dogs to have some puppy play time of their own, especially for the particularly rambunctious social pups.
Walking your dog is a great way to get your steps in while satisfying your puppy’s need for speed. It’s equally as important for humans and animals to stay in shape, and walking is the perfect way to do that.
Walking your dog can allow them to release energy and offers an opportunity to be trained with leash manners, socialization, and reactivity. Many pet parents notice their dogs acting calmer over time.
Dogs are simple creatures. They see a squirrel, they run. They see another dog, they bark. When we expose our pets to new surroundings and exciting smells, sounds, and scenery, their brains will stay alert and engaged. The human benefits for mental stimulation during walking can include improved memory and ability to focus.
The world revolves around our pets, as it should, so why not make it a family affair? Assemble your whole pack to join your pup on a fun, family bonding journey through nature.
A casual dog walk can do more for the soul than we realize. That’s why January is one of our favorite months of the year. Before your walks, armor your pet with Wondercide’s Flea & Tick spray, and collar or spot on as an added layer of protection. Spritz Insect Repellent on yourself and you're ready for your treks outdoors. These plant-powered products will help make Walk Your Dog Month that much more enjoyable for you and your furry friend.
Embark on daily wilderness adventures with your pup to discover sections of the world you’ve never explored before. Share the wonder of nature with the ones who deserve it the most: our dogs.