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If you are a pet parent, walking your dog must be a regular duty to you. Whether it is early morning or before going to bed, sunshine or snow, and whether you’re tired or not, you have to take the dog out. His health depends on it.
Walking the dog is the single most important chore you sign on when you adopt a dog. Since it is a matter of your dog’s health, there is no way you can compromise on it either.
Life would be so much better if we start thinking of the activity as walking with your dog rather than walking your dog. Walking is a great way to spend quality time with your dog and destress yourself in the cool, open air. You are even getting a bit of exercise along with your dog! It’s a win-win situation for both of you.
So, pick a cool spot, and go have a nice, soothing, and fun evening out with your dog. It will do you both good. Unfortunately, knowing where to take your dog for a walk can often be confusing. Somewhere with a nice view, somewhere with some peace and quiet, somewhere you can get away from the hectic city life.
Here are a few of the best places to take your dog for a nice long walk, if you have access to them.
Who doesn’t like the beach? Your dog certainly does. Having your daily walk by the beach is one of the best ways to spend the morning or afternoon. The wind in your hair, the salt on your tongue, and nothing besides the sound of the waves in your ears, it is heavenly to spend your morning beside the ocean. On a dog-friendly beach, you will find many others walking their dogs along the coast, so your dog can even have some fun company. You can let your dog go and take a dip in the sea as well if he wishes to.
Dogs love hiking as much as you do. It is the perfect weekend getaway to take your dog for a hike up a small hill. You can pack up food, water, and other supplies and spend a night at the top. A good long hike can even serve as the rigorous exercise your dog so desperately needs.
Dog parks are great places to take your dog. Not only are these parks completely dog-friendly, but they are also filled with other dogs and dog-loving people, ensuring that your dog will get to socialize during his time there.
You can set up a playdate with a friend of your dog or introduce your dog to new pups. You can play a game of catch or fetch or make your dog jump through some loops and rings. Make sure to keep a firm grip on your dog’s leash as dogs tend to get very excited around other dogs and people.
Dog parks are a downright treat for your dogs. If your dog is not used to much company, it can get a bit anxiety-inducing to him, though. If you notice your dog getting uncomfortable or hostile around the crowd, take him away to some peace and quiet.
If you have some woods or forests near your place, that could be ideal. You can take your dog for a walk in the woods, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The woods can be a peaceful place to spend your time in, surrounded by trees and chirping birds. You can even sit by a small stream of a lake somewhere or have a small bonfire with your dog.
Parking lots are enormous. On the weekend, early mornings, or late nights, the grocery store parking lot can also serve well as a walking ground. In the absence of parked cars, your dog has a lot of open space to run and fool around. You can circle through the entire parking lot multiple times or even get him to run from one end to the other.
Though empty parking lots sound great for dog walking, away from traffic and other people, such isolated and empty spots can often be unsafe as well. Keep on the lookout, and if possible, take someone else along with you too.
The streets around your neighborhood are a good alternative if nothing else is available. Walking your dog up and down your own street is one of the quickest and most convenient places to walk your dog, but the traffic can be a deterrent. Cars, bikes, and bicycles on the road can not only serve to annoy your dog, but they can also possibly be dangerous. If you lose control of the leash for even a moment, your dog can run out in front of the traffic and get hurt. Be extremely careful while walking on the roads and streets.
Many of the beaches, hiking trails, forests, and parks are no source of joy anymore, as you might have noticed if you frequent these places with your dog or alone. They are not the picturesque places of beauty as they were supposed to be. Now, instead of lush green grass and sparkling white sand, you see pieces of litter, plastic wrappers, and trash. From the ocean to the mountains, nowhere is safe and clean from the human touch.
Wherever we have stepped foot, we have managed to destroy and destruct. The gorgeous places which were meant to bring us joy and give us someplace to go to enjoy nature are now merely stressful to look at.
It is still not too late. For every irresponsible person on the planet, we have ten responsible ones who want to save the planet, who want to restore it to its formal glory, who want to protect nature. Together, we can. If we come together as small groups and societies and take charge of cleaning up spaces near our homes, we can have a cleaner neighborhood, cleaner state, cleaner country, and a cleaner planet eventually.
If not for yourself, do it for your dog. He wants to swim in a clean, unpolluted ocean and walk on grassy, green land.
If you can’t help physically, you can always donate. By giving away a small portion of your wealth to the organizations in charge of cleaning and protecting nature, you can contribute proudly to saving the planet.