Vet Supply Source would like to welcome the New Year with all of our happy pet parents! 2016 is here and this year's motto can be out with the old and in with the new because January is the perfect time to start fresh with healthy resolutions. While many of us are planning to make healthier choices this year, you can even make that the resolution for your pet! That's right – not only does this month mark the start of new beginnings but it's also National Walk Your Dog Month and there's no better way to bring in the New Year!   

Taking your dog(s) out for a walk is not only beneficial to your health, but it also helps them in numerous ways. Check out these great reasons to get outside with your pup all year long!

Energy Outlet – every pet parent knows that their dogs can sometimes be a little wound up and full of energy, which means they can be a little disruptive when they are in the house. A nice walk can provide them with an outlet to calm their energy and settle their hyperactivity.

Training Aid – since a good walk will drain their energy and make them calmer, they will be more likely to focus on training. This, of course, helps with all types of training and makes it easier to teach them all sorts of commands. Additionally, the walk can serve as a training method to reinforce the bond between you and your pooch. Always remember that you are taking them for a walk and not the other way around, so be sure to maintain control during walks.

Burns Calories – according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53% of dogs are overweight and that can cause a slew of health problems that may need to be treated by dog medications. However, you can help them burn those extra pounds by taking them for walks on a daily basis. (Also, 58% of cats are overweight and if you need medicine for your cats because of their weight, check out our previous article 3 Easy Ways To Fight Pet Obesity for tips to manage their weight too!)

Provides Social Stimulation – everyone wants their dog to welcome friends, family and other pets but they can be scared, suspicious or shy towards others if they don’t get to interact with strangers. Walks provide them with social stimulation and interaction because they are exposed to others, which will help them feel more comfortable around people and pets they don't know.

Lengthens Life – while walking may be a low-impact exercise, it will improve their well-being and build up beneficial health attributes that will lengthen their lifespan and improve their quality of life.                                                                                                                                                      

Provides Attention – your pet needs attention; they are sociable animals and when you take them for walks, you provide them with the interaction they want and crave.

Are you ready to take National Walk Your Dog Month in stride?