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It’s National Walk Your Dog Week

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.

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Image: Sanchez enjoying a walk along the California coastline

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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12:14PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:31AM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

I have 2 large dogs that get walked, on average, 4 hours a day. While on the morning walk, there is usually the opportunity to swim. Plus we compete in herding, tracking, agility, obedience and rally obedience. I have had numerous compliments on how quiet and well-behaved my dogs are. They're too tired to misbehave! Exercise, both physical and mental, is a necessity with any breed of dog to help keep them healthy and happy.

10:17AM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

Every week is National Walk Your Dog Week as far as my Boomer is concerned.

9:46AM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

I walk my dog several times throughout the day---it's good for both of us.

2:15PM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

We walk our dog 4x a day. I tell people that have dogs who misbehave that they need to walk their dogs more often and the bad behavior should be curbed. Their response is "Well we have a fenced in backyard that they in all the time" There is a difference people!

7:41AM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

National walk your dog week? As if dog owners don't do this everyday?

9:59PM PDT on Oct 6, 2010

My dog Harley and I walk every day two or three times, and one of the walks is usually over 5 kms with a lot of hills. He is almost two and a half years old and up until now he has never caused any damage to the house and/or yard. I think that this due to all that walking, and he loves the walks.

6:44PM PDT on Oct 6, 2010

i love walking my dog. you really just have to get in the habit of it :)

5:23PM PDT on Oct 6, 2010

Oh, that annual, weekly event that we do twice a day. Whatever next?

1:52PM PDT on Oct 6, 2010

Thank you for the article.

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