09 May 2019
You put your walking boots on, grab some treats, a few poop bags, and then finally pick up their lead... they know the signs when it's time for walkies! For many dogs, it's their absolute favourite thing to do and there are lots great benefits to your dog as well as helping them to stay fit and healthy.
Carolyn Menteith, Agria Behaviourist and Trainer, says;
"A walk is a wonderful break in the day for your dog, mentally, physically and emotionally. It’s important to know your dog and give them the right kind of exercise, doing what they enjoy. For some dogs, this can be short off-lead sprints, for others long physical exertion is better, and for some, well, they just want to play with their ball while they’re out and about! The best thing about walking your dog is that this is the time you can 100% focus on being together – no distractions, no phones or work – just the two of you."
Some of the great benefits your dog can enjoy on a walk include:
Physical exercise - Great for their health and also release happy hormones, just like for people
Sniffing - Interesting smells provide mental stimulation, especially somewhere brand new
Training and playing - More mental stimulation and happy hormones!
Socialising - For some dogs, their favourite part of a walk can be meeting old and new doggy friends
Bonding - Quality time together can be great for your relationship
Our friends at PitPat share our passion for healthy, happy dogs, and are kindly supporting our upcoming fundraising event by helping to spread the word and round up their pack members to get involved too;
"PitPat, the UK's #1 dog monitor, is delighted to support Agria Pet Insurance in their mission to help homeless dogs find their forever home as they unite dogs across Europe to raise vital funds through the Agria Dog Walk on May 25th. As firm believers in the importance of maintained, regular fitness for a healthy, happy dog (and owner) the Agria Dog Walk represents a fantastic initiative, not only raising much needed funds to support dog rescue centres across the UK, but also to highlight the mutual benefits of living a healthy lifestyle with your dog. We very much look forward to donning our walking boots and joining in the fun!"
The Agria Dog Walk is taking place in several locations across the UK on Saturday 25th May, and Agria will be donating £5 for every dog walked to support some amazing UK rescue organisations.
Click the link below for more information and round up your pack to join in this special event!
Images courtesy of PitPat