It’s walk your dog month!

January is always a good time to get into a new routine, so why not participate in walk your dog month? Not only is it a great way to get you and your fluffy friend more active, but has also been proven to boost mental wellbeing. Start the year as you mean to go on, right? 


Why do dogs need walking? 

Walking your dog regularly is imperative to keeping them healthy (both mentally and physically). Without these walks, dogs can become restless, unhappy and sometimes even aggressive due to frustration. 


How long should you walk your dog? 

According to the PDSA, most dogs need 1-2 hours of exercise a day to stay happy and healthy. However, this time can vary depending on the breed, age and overall fitness level of your dog. Overall, you should aim to walk your dog at least twice a day so that they can let off some steam and explore the outdoor world!


Health benefits for pet owners: 

  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stronger muscles and bones 
  • Reduced stress
  • Opportunity to socialise with other dog walkers


Top London locations for dog walks 

Wondering where to walk your dog in the big city? Here’s a few top picks: 

  • Highgate Wood
  • Hampstead Heath
  • Alexander Palace and Park 
  • Crystal Palace Park 
  • Chiswick House and Gardens 
  • Epping Forest
  • Finsbury Park 
  • Hyde Park 
  • Richmond Park 

Remember, you are responsible for your dog and its behaviour in public so make sure to supervise it effectively – especially around children. Don’t forget your plastic bags either!

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and go exploring with your pooch! 

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