Bunny here at the keyboard with some things I wanted to share with you during National Walk Your Dog Week.
There’s been a lot of talk this week directed at humans about why they should walk their dogs every day. However, there are a lot of reasons why we canines should get our humans out and walk them. I talked with the rest of my canine family and we decided to each share our reasons about why you should walk your humans.
Walking your human is good for their health. I know that sounds obvious, but it’s something we need to remember. There are humans out there who say they can’t run or work out or hike for some reason, but almost all of them can take a walk. It’s one of the best things for them that there is. It’s good for their heart, exercises their legs and can even make their backs feel better. Since we got tough on our Mom and started demanding daily walks in July, we’ve walked ten pounds off her. She says she still has a long way to go, which is fine with me because it means we’ll be walking for a long time to come.
Not only is walking your human good for their body, but it’s good for their mind, too. You may have heard us mention before that walking your dog in different places is one thing you can do to prevent Canine Cognitive Disorder. Well, it’s good for your human’s brain to see new things every day, too. After a good walk, a human’s brain is a lot more active, alert and focused. This means that they can then throw the tennis ball for you for a much longer time later on. I say it’s a win for all involved.
I don’t want to shock any young puppies out there, but there are humans who go out walking without a dog. I know, it’s shocking, but I’ve seen it lots of times when I take my humans out on walks. Walking with a dog, even a small one, makes a human a lot safer out on walks. Just this weekend, we walked past a man standing out on the street looking very suspicious. I gave one deep bark to say, “Stay away from these people, evil perpetrator, they’re with me! You don’t want a piece of me.” The man jumped about five feet in the air and he steered clear of us. If someone is looking for a person to bother, they’re a lot more likely to pick a person without a dog, because we know how to sound the alarm and let’s face it, these teeth aren’t JUST for smiling at the camera. It’s not just people you have to watch out for, either. There are marauding cats out there and other crazy things.
No matter what kind of job your human does to earn green paper, they still feel stress. Taking a walk after work is one of the world’s best stress relievers. They need a little time away from technology and all the pressures of the world. Taking a walk together is time for them to just focus on you and the world around you both. Make sure they get a chance to sniff the flowers and look at the sky every day. It will make the rest of your evening together a lot more pleasant and relaxed.
Humans are special creatures who sometimes need a little reminder to do things that are good for them. There are a lot of other reasons why you should walk your humans besides the ones we listed, but these are the ones we thought were the most important, So, fetch your leash, stand by the back door and make sure you take your humans for regular walks. You’ll both be glad you did.