Banfield Celebrates the Power of Walking Your Dog

Banfield Celebrates the Power of Walking Your Dog

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 there, and will be live on the air with Bill Moller of WGN Radio, 10:45 am (CST). and will broadcast live. Among the honored guests U.S. Congressman Mile Quigley (5th District).

I will be a party, live music - and who knows, maybe some dancing dogs.

It's so simple, brilliant and so scientifically proven true by Dr. Rebecca Johnson, author of "Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound" that just walking a dog:

- 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.


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  • Yoga for dogs: I would love to see that! I don't get to walk my dog as much as I did when he was a puppy, but it provides us both with fresh air, exercise and bonding.

  • C'mon out and see what it is - not sure I understand exactly myself

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