10 Fun Things to Do on National Walk Your Dog Week

This past week has been National Walk Your Dog Week.

10 Fun Things to Do on National Walk Your Dog Week

While I (and I think you can all agree) think walking your dog is an important part of everyday life, there are still some fun things you can do with your pooch for Walk Your Dog Week. And just so I don’t keep you all anxiously waiting, with your ears perked to the sky… I’m going to share 10 of those things with you today! ; )

1. Take your dog for a walk in a different area than he is used to.

Dogs live through their noses, and while you and me can sometimes get tired of seeing the same old scenery day in and day out, our dogs can get tired of smelling the same things every day. Taking a different route for your walk can be beneficial to both of you.

2. Call up a friend or two, and go on a dual dog walk.

Socialize your dog, while having a good conversation yourself.

3. Instead of just going on a regular walk, walk to a certain place in particular, and bring your dog with you.

The two of you can go for a visit to a friends house, sit outside of your local coffee shop, maybe even take a cruise to the pet store.

4. Speaking of taking a walk to the local pet store… another idea for walk your dog week is to have a little shopping spree with your pup.

Even if its something like heading out to the pet store and grabbing a little treat for a snack during walk time. Your dog will thank you. ; )

5. Take a walk to the dog park.

That being said… I know a lot of people are up and down about dog parks, but when you live in a small town, and you know everyone who resides there, it is much easier to head to the dog park with ease. Some big cities have dog parks I would just never want to take my pups to unfortunately.

6. Slow your walk down a little bit.

Sometimes we get a bit rushed, and sort of get out, walk, get back and that’s that. Slow it down a bit sometimes, enjoy the autumn colors, let your your dog sniff their surroundings. Relax a bit.

7. Do you have children? Grab the kids, the dog, and head out to the park!

The kids will be happy, and you might be surprised how much your dog will enjoy watching them run around laughing, having a good time.

8. Take a hike!

Find a nice trail, and go for a little walk in the bush! Remember to try and stay away from long grassy areas though, as the ticks could be out and about, and you don’t want those critters coming home with you!

9. Take a walk and meet up with some friends at a park somewhere with your dog.

See if you all can come up with some new, fun tricks to teach your dogs, then have a relaxing walk home.

 10. Last but certainly not least… change up your walk times.

Dogs can be like clock work when it comes to walk times, so try throwing an extra walk in at a random time. Your dog will be excited and who knows, you might meet some new people at a different time of day.

These ideas are good for any time of year, not just Walk Your Dog Week. So remember to mix things up a bit to keep your walks interesting and fun for both you and your dog.

What sort of things would you add to this list?

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Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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22 Responses to 10 Fun Things to Do on National Walk Your Dog Week

  1. Awesome Ideas! I wanted to share another that may be fun for some folks. I have recently taught my dogs how to walk alongside me on bike rides. Once we get to a certain point(no cars or people to worry about) we “race” each other on the grass, it is a blast and the dogs absolutely love going all out!

  2. Carleen says:

    I didn’t know there was a walk your dog week! I’ll get my lazy pooches out and walking!

  3. These are some great tips. Walks are the favorite part of our day! :)

  4. Nichole says:

    This is a great list!

  5. Rachel says:

    These are great ideas for dog owners! It’s always a good idea to change things up a bit!

  6. We do “urban agility” on our walks sometimes where Mr. N climbs up on things and over things and ducks under things.

  7. Love the idea of changing your walk times. We tend to be on a schedule and it would be nice for all of us to change that up a bit especially on the weekends.

  8. I don’t think the message about national walk your dog week reached my neighbours. It’s shocking how few bother to walk their dogs further than the end of the road. One doesn’t even take their dog out. You have some great ideas, hopefully they will inspire!

  9. Jane says:

    Oh I didn’t know it was walk your dog week… love all your ideas to celebrate! What a fun idea to head on a walk to the pet store ❤

  10. Our cats are all harness and leash trained and love walks in the garden – they’re very dog-like in this regard.

  11. Ruth Epstein says:

    Great tips and I try to take Layla different routes every day plus a different park at least once a week

  12. These are great tips for mixing up the walks a little! I have three dogs who still have to be walked separately so it’s actually great for me to have some ways to change things up to keep it fresh for me on each walk. :-)

  13. I like the slow down one. It is so easy to rush, or walk quickly and not relax. I know it can be tough but we all need to take a breath and walking a dog let’s you do that perfectly!

  14. Cathy Armato says:

    My dogs love to go on walks!! I would love to hook up with some friends to go walking, that would be so nice!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  15. Such important advice! I also think slowing the walk down makes a big difference. Using their important nose tires them out! I’m reading a book about the inner workings of their noses and how enriching a walk can be when you let your dog smell what’s around them!

  16. Love, love, walking Dexter The Dog. It’s such a great bonding opportunity to leave the world behind and connect with my dog. Great post.

  17. What great ideas! I’d never thought about dogs getting tired of smelling the same things every day.

    Thanks for helping us see the world (and the walks) through our dog’s eyes and nose. ♥

  18. Beth says:

    I didn’t realize it was National Walk Your Dog Week. These are wonderful suggestions. I often walk my dogs to my sister’s house and they know right where to turn. If I am not stopping at her house, they still turn up the driveway and try to get me to go in.

  19. Robin says:

    The one thing I miss most about having a dog is going on walks! Cats are wonderful pets and I love them to pieces, but they are not fans of going on walks (if they aren’t specifically trained to do so). It would be fun to have a walking partner!

  20. Wow was totally unaware about walk your dog week, thank you for the post

  21. Kama says:

    These are great tips for changing (or starting) walking with your dog. Dogs love the extra activity, and it’s good for us too!

  22. Carol Bryant says:

    Dog walks are such a fab way to bond with your dog. I love that you shared to take a friend. We take our time and don’t rush our dog – it’s his sniffs and his time to just chill and enjoy.

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