Thursday, March 28, 2013

Getting Ready for Spring Walks with Your Dog

According to the calendar (and the groundhog) it is spring. However, where I live, we still have snow and temperatures below 40 degrees. I am really looking forward to some nice days soon to take my dogs out for walks. Since we live on five acres, my dogs get to run free all the time, it is me who doesn't want to go for long walks in the cold. I do like to run, so as soon as the weather is at least in the 40s, I will resume my running routine and my black lab, Sophie, will run with me. To get myself motivated to run more this spring, I just signed up the for Pittsburgh 5k on May 4th and in the process, found out they have a dog walk as well. I signed my daughter up to walk with Sophie and I think it is going to be a lot of fun. If you like walking with your dog, you may want to see if there are any dog walks scheduled in your area. Active.com lists a lot of races and walks (for humans and dogs) and you can search in a variety of ways. Even if you can't find a dog walk in your area, maybe there is a 5k walk or run you could participate in to benefit a local shelter or dog related cause.

If you are preparing to do a dog walk or want to start running with your dog, just keep in mind that dogs need to build up and train just like humans do. Check out this blog from Dr. Sophia Yin for ways to help train your dog to run with you or get other ideas for ways to help your dog get enough exercise. Sophie has shed some extra pounds by running with me and eating healthier treats and she looks really healthy and not so round anymore.

If you do take your dog to running or walking events, or even just take long walks near your neighborhood, you also should try to have eco-friendly, biodegradable dog waste bags with you at all times. I think Natural Pet Warehouse has a really cute dog waste holder with biodegradable bags! You can also find eco-friendly waste bags at most pet stores and online at Amazon.

If you do know of any dog walks or fun dog activities, please share them in the comments section below!

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