The first week of October is a busy one in the pet world! First is walk your dog week. Apparently, estimates range from 35-55% of dogs in North America are overweight..not surprising since unfortunately so are many of their owners. Dogs should have a minimum of a 30 minute walk daily. However, if (like many pet owners) you and your dog could stand to lose a few pounds…starting with a 20 minute walk 3x is a great start. Walking helps improve behavior, increase the bond between you and your dog (and of course helps keep everyone healthier).
This week is also adopt a shelter dog month…help change a life. There are many myths about shelter dogs but 4Keepsanimalrescue has a great page addressing the reality of rescue dogs. And don’t forget National Cat Day on October 29th (but more on that later).