Monday, September 29, 2014

PEDs: Exercise Benefits

We've written about the benefits of our weekly dog walks for our pooches, but we don't always talk about the great benefits for the human end of the leash.  There is the obvious human socialization taking place, but one of the other things that we love is the exercise benefit.  


Many of us in Erie have some type of yard, so it's easy to let the pooches play-exercise.  Of course, this is no help for us humans!  Our one-hour, two-mile weekly walks are an easy way to kick-start a walking habit.  Some of our members need the confidence to get started with their pooches.  During the brutal winter months, our pack walks may be some of our only walks with our dogs!


Do you regularly walk your dog?  What helps you get out there?

11 comments:

  1. Luigi and I walk about 2 miles most days. He is a much better behaved pooch at home when we walk.

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    1. I agree, Lisa. Gemma always has better manners at home after a walk. And I love walking her most days. Adding Diesel to our family has nearly halted "walks" all together because handling over 100# of dog by myself is hard. Really hard. So I open the back door instead. The PEDS walk helps me gain confidence that I might be able to walk them both, but that confidence is lost during the week. Maybe I need a cheerleader at the front door: Walk those dogs! Walk those dogs! (insert cartwheel).

      Karen

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    2. We've found the same thing. If we take Edison on a walk after work, he is SO much better behaved and more willing to curl up next to us while we enjoy some TV!

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  2. We walk at least once a day and we have the dogs to thank for that because if we don't they stare us down

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    1. That is awesome!! Wish we could say the same!

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  3. It's so true, walking is good for everyone! Add to that the bond that forms between the leash, perfection!

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  4. That's great! I can't think of a better exercise incentive than walking a dog. I really loathe the thought of a gym or any conventional exercise for that matter. When I first got Kaya & Norman, I was super lazy & just took them to the dog park all the time where I could stand there & watch them exercise. Once I realized 90% of the dogs there had horrible social skills, I started taking them hiking instead. It was daunting at first but now it's just part of our daily routine! I think it's helped me bond with the dogs so much more, not to mention drop a few pounds:)

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    1. So fun! Your environment is so beautiful -- it must make it easy to get out there!

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  5. I have failed my dog miserably the last 4-6 weeks. We have only managed a walk (maybe 2) every week for well over a month. And it shows....she has gained some weight and her leg that she had 4 surgeries on has been bothering her. The guilt is just horrible.
    I will use this post as motivation....thank you!

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