You may have noticed that the blog has a new look. It was time to take down the holiday header so in celebration of National Walk Your Pet Month I decided to adorn January’s header with a cute image of a pup being walked. You may have noticed it on the right side.
It is National Walk Your PET Month, not specific to dogs and while I am not sure about walking Iguanas, and I have not even attempted to put my cats on a leash I do know our Lyla loves it when she gets walks.
Even though she has a large fenced yard to frolic in, something about seeing that leash just gets her all excited! I believe it is partially knowing she gets to explore places outside the yard, the thought of maybe going for a ride to get to some new place to adventure though, and the time spent together with her humans.
Another product that may help some are wheelchair walkers for dogs as well as support harnesses.
Asking family to help is another great option. This can give pre-teens a way to assume responsibility, promote good pet care, and even earn them some pocket change.
All of the above listed items can easily be found on Chewy.com and Amazon.
To be sure that walking your pet is more enjoyable for the both of you, have access to plenty of water. We tend to think about carrying water more in the warmer months but hydration is important even when it is cold outside.
Walk your pet with friends, and their pets. If your furbaby is social, join a dog walking group, or call up a friend and their pet to join you. I will admit, our Lyla is not very social and prefers to walk alone with us. We have tried, but not all dogs are willing to share their time with their humans.
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Following up with my Word Of The Year I hope to inspire you to walk your pets more often, not just this month, but every month.
Our Lyla has mobility issues and I know that walking her for too long can be very uncomfortable. I also know however that walking her is important to her health and well being.
Dogs are like people in a lot of ways. They need not only physical exercise but they do like to get out of their norm. Just because Lyla has a yard does not mean she is without desire to explore outside of it. Even though Lyla is not very social, we do attempt to get her near other pets. We know since she lost her brother Glover, and Mama Dog Brandy, that getting close to another dog has been a challenge for her but maybe one day she will just happen to like another pup and become friends.
Walking your pets is healthy for them emotionally, and keeps their senses sharp! Dogs love to sniff around, and a new smell for a pet is like getting a new pair of boots to us!
Sending love and belly rubs for all your furkids. What? Do you want a belly rub too? 😜
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