According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 40 percent of dogs – a total of about 17 million in the United States – are overweight. I donít like seeing overweight dogs, and I feel it is my responsibility to provide my dog with a high level of physical conditioning. Itís good for his health and mine. Even when my workouts are indoors at FIT, I make sure that heís received his fare share of exercise first.
Some of the best advice Iíve read about changing a pattern has been from Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project. Gretchen says, when you are trying to change a pattern in your life, instead of adding a new behavior two or three times a week, try it seven days a week. That advice seemed backwards at first, but when I read it again it made sense. When you do something everyday, you build it into your schedule as a priority. What adult would consider only brushing their teeth three days a week? Try walking your dogs seven days a week and I guarantee that youíll love it as much as them and it will become as natural as eating and sleeping.
How are you honoring National Walk your Dog Week? Here are some ideas to inspire you in getting your dogs out this week and every week. Have you noticed any benefits for you as well as your dogs in getting them out for walks and runs? Thank you for clicking comment and sharing.