According to one recent study, the most bonding thing you can do with your dog is....take a walk!
This year, THE POWER OF PETS™ by Mars Pet care is focused on spreading the word about the power of dog walking, a fun way for families to “paw-sitively” increase their physical activity levels while spending more time together and outdoors.
Check it out - you and your dogs are welcome, September 24 at Hamilton Elementary School (1640 W. Cornelia Avenue). Dogs are free. People are free.
It's a POWER OF PETS festivus...Pets can receive a free preventative care exam by veterinarians from Banfield Pet Hospital; there will be yoga for dogs (called doga by some), pet carcaturist sessions...and healthy snacks for people and pets, all from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
I will be a party, live music - and who knows, maybe some dancing dogs.
- Gives you positive love and affirmation
- A dog is an ideal partner dependably there for you to take a daily walk
- Offers a social lubricant (as you meet other people with dogs, and others who may admire your dog)
- It simply good exercise for you and your dog
- Endorphins released when you walk can change your mood/outlook for the better (and similar positive endorphins are released in dogs....and sniffing grass, sign posts, fire hydrants is very stimulating to canine senses)
- Physical exercise turns out to be good for your brain (and your dog's).
- You'll have a better sense of what's really going on in your neighborhood. Police know this, and often talk to people with dogs about what's going on in the 'hood.
- Offers a social capital, making a neighborhood more 'livable' and even safer.