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National Walk Your Dog Week

Did you know that 40 percent of dogs, which is a total of about 17 million in the United States alone, are overweight? If you walk your dog just 30 minutes a day, you (and your dog) will meet national recommendations for heart health. 

Fall is an especially great time to start walking.  The leaves are changing color and the weather is brisk.  Walking gives you the opportunity to reflect about making healthy changes in the coming year.  By getting a walking routine established prior to the craziness that is the holiday season, the potential weight gain that can come with the holidays may not be as great a concern because you are already more active!  If you and/or your dog are overweight, walking just 30 minutes a day three times a week can lower blood pressure, increase energy, heighten the sense of happiness and well being, reduce your weight by 5% and your dog's by 15%.

If you can't get out every single day, even walking 2-3 times a week for 20 minutes each time will still have a positive effect. Positive changes in behavior lead to a happier you, which in turn can lead to a happier dog.

So what are you waiting for?  Get out there and get walking!

This information was taken from www.walkyourdogweek.com.  Want to learn more?  Visit their website today!

 

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