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National Walk Your Dog Day is a chance for us to make a bigger deal of our pets and turn an everyday activity into something a lot more special. We all know how important it is to walk our dogs every day and give them the activities and exercise they need to stay fit and strong.

But, there is also a chance that these walks can become a bit of a chore as we settle into the same old routine. So, it is important that we take this day to re-evaluate and find the love for dog walking again.  Even if it’s snowing and cold, you can still enjoy a winter walk together.

When is National Walk Your Dog Day?

National Walk Your Dog Day is on February 22nd. What is interesting about this date is that the day after is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. So, you can reward your pet for a longer walk the very next day with some tasty treats. Maybe it should have been the other way around so pets can walk off the calories. 

It is important to make a point about how 2021 will be a little different for National Walk Your Dog Day. Community events will be on hold because of Covid restriction. Walking with family members has to be socially distanced and responsible. You also can’t travel too far for exercise. But, while National Walk Your Dog Day 2021 will be restricted, we can always plan some great ideas for 2022 and beyond. 

How to celebrate National Walk Your Dog Day.

Obviously, we are all having great fun every day walking our dogs. So what can we do on this special national day to take this to another level? There are lots of ways that you can make the day more special for your dog. You can think about somewhere special that you could go for the day.

Does your dog have a special place that they love more than anywhere else, perhaps somewhere that they haven’t been for a while? You could plan some activities, take some treats for a bit of a picnic, and just spoil them a little with plenty of outdoor activity. You could also meet up with some other friends or relatives so that your dog has some buddies to walk with. 

Are there National Walk Your Dog Day greetings cards and gifts?

There is no reason why you can’t create your own cards for other dog walkers in your life. Perhaps there is someone that you only really see on your walks or trips to the dog park. You could send them a card to show how much you appreciate the time shared with them. Or, you could take the opportunity to get a present for your pet. Is this the perfect time for that new lead or a nice new ball to play fetch with?

Don’t forget to take part in National Walk Your Dog Day on social media. 

You can use the #NationalWalkYourDogDay hashtag to see what other people are up to and to take inspiration from their walks. You could even create a little video of your walk and document your dog’s day to celebrate the holiday together. Also, don’t forget that there are sure to be lots of local groups of dog owners and dog walkers on Facebook. There could be a local event to talk part in where you and your pet can go and walk with like-minded residents. Or, you could set up your own event with friends and family. 

Fun facts about National Walk Your Dog Day.

Did you know that:

~ Dog walkers can walk an average of 22 minutes more per day, keeping them fitter and healthier.

~ As many as 83% don’t trust professional dog walkers not to cut corners. We know our dogs best and want that experience with them. 

~ Given the choice, a male dog would prefer a female dog as a walking companion. But is that really a surprise?

Enjoy National Walk Your Dog Day this year.

A downside of this holiday being in February is that you might not get the best weather for it. But, don’t let that ruin your day. Put on your best outfit and make the most of the experience. Be present with your dog, enjoy the great outdoors, play with them, and remind yourself how great this daily task can be.