Walk, Run, or Trot
Every year, February 22 has been designated National Walk the Dog Day. That means it is time to get out, and get trotting.
National Walk the Dog day is a great way for you and your pup to get some exercise, and support a great cause. Dogs need plenty of exercise so that they are properly stimulated and do not destroy your house and your things. Behavior issues are a top reason that people surrender pets to shelters nationwide, and these issues can stem from your dog not getting enough exercise or simulation. Not to mention, around 40 percent of dogs in the US are overweight.
Rain, shine, or even snow, you should find creative ways to either get your dog on a walk or find an indoor solution to getting them some exercise. Walking your dog is great for you, and your dog’s heart health. If you choose to walk in the evenings, dawn or dusk, make sure you are getting reflective clothing and a reflective leash for your pup. This helps you and your dog to be seen, and lowers the chances of being missed in the dark by the driver of a car.
Benefit Homeless Pets
Our partners at Best Friends Animal Society have created an app called ResQwalk. This app allows you to walk and track your steps, and for all the miles walked you can donate money to a shelter. Since we are partners with Best Friends, there is an option to track your steps and raise money for Nevada Humane Society! Unfortunately, there is no way to track indoor activity yet (such as a stationary bike or treadmill) but if you are committed to getting outside and getting your steps in make sure you turn on the app and click Nevada Humane Society.
ResQwalk can track walking, biking or running. So however you choose to get your outdoor exercise in, it can be tracked. Once you have chosen your shelter to support and are heading out the door, click to start the GPS tracker. ResQwalk works best when you click the button right when you are starting the activity — and walking right out the door.
Click here to learn about some frequently asked questions and download the ResQwalk app.