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National Dog Week

October 14, 2014
(Alex Mestas Photo)

(Alex Mestas Photo)

“Wanna go for a walk?” Did you just find yourself tilting your head while your tail started involuntarily wagging on its own? Chances are if you’re a canine these 5 words mean something special: a chance to stretch your legs and check in on the other dogs in the neighborhood. We know dogs love walking but do we know why?

There are many theories but my favorite is that it allows them to see and smell outside of their home environment. Whatever the reason, the walk is the primary form of entertainment/activity for your dog on a daily basis. So now that it’s National Dog Walking Week why not take a second look at your normal routine.

Let’s face it, to a canine, humans are boring. We’re gone most of the day and when we’re home usually too tired to do much. Evening walks take care of your dog’s exercise needs as well as gives him a chance to sniff around the neighborhood to see what the other doggies are up to. To us, it may be a tree but to a canine it’s the doggie water cooler! All the latest gossip is here: maybe not who’s dating who, but definitely “I was here”.

Take some time to think about your daily walk. Is there something you could do to make it more entertaining for your pup? Maybe on a weekend you could take your dog on an extra long walk. Let your dog sniff trees they’ve only dreamed about. Try a hike in the woods or jot by the beach. Remember, this is their entertainment so even if you can only promise that 20 minute daily walk, try to make it count every time you leave the house. Take a different route, turn a new corner, walk on the opposite side of the street and your dog will thank you for it.

– By Maureen Berry

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