Walking Your Dog and Where to Start
Top 3 Benefits for your pup and some local places to try
We all know that when it comes to walking your dog, it can be seen as a chore or duty. How many have ‘walking the dog’ on your child’s chore list? I know I do! But did you know that walking your dog has AMAZING benefits for them? Regular walks provide a ton of health and mental benefits for your furever friend! Here are the top 3 benefits of walking your dog and how to get started.
How do walks benefit my dog?
Physical Health – Dogs benefit greatly from movement. Not only will regular walks contribute to their weight control, but also their joint health! Being able to burn off those extra calories consumed with their meals and yummy treats will benefit them greatly. As well as help loosen up those joints!
Mental Health – You may be thinking “But I have a yard! That provides a ton of play for my pooch.” But dogs, just like humans, get bored. Yards are great! But walks really provide that break up from the same day to day scenery.
Socialization – Do you ever stop and say hi when out and about? That small interaction can sometimes be just what you need and that’s the same for your pup! You are their everything, but friends are great to have too! Practicing these skills provide you and your dog with the confidence to be comfortable and confident when out on the trails!
So where do I begin?
Starting with an evening walk around your neighborhood is great to get in the habit of regular walks. When you feel ready, check out these parks below for some great adventures with your pup!
Phil Hardberger Park – East Entrance
13203 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216
This park not only has amazing trails (featuring a walking bridge over 281) but it features two dog parks! One for larger dogs and one for smaller dogs!
13102 Jones Maltsberger, San Antonio, TX 78247
This park has some great trails as well as a spacious dog park. With some of the trails being paved, make sure to watch out for your dog’s paws in the warmer months.
164 Landa Park Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78130
This park has it all! In addition to some great trails, it hosts some great areas of exploration, areas to rest, a fishing dock and even a wading pool! Consider this spot for a nice walk and fun afternoon with your pup!
Don’t forget the treat!
At the end of your walk, be sure to treat your fur baby with a nice snack. They’ve earned it! Be sure to bring their favorite treat for a job well done.
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