Explore the outdoors for National Walking Month

May is National Walking Month and Argos Pet Insurance think it’s the perfect chance to spend quality time with your dog.

Whether it’s travelling your usual route or having an adventure, getting outdoors is great for you and your pooch, Argos Pet Insurance shares its top tips for how pet owners can explore the outdoors this National Walking Month.

What is National Walking Month?

National Walking Month was set up by charity Living Streets to encourage people to include more exercise in their day. Walking for an extra 20 minutes a day can boost your mood and health.

Living Streets is encouraging people to do the school run on foot, explore their local community and raise awareness for the health benefits of exercising more.

Here’s how you can make the most of National Walking Month with your dog:

Get involved by walking your pet

How often you walk your dog depends on the dog – there are some breeds for whom once a day walks are enough, but some others, especially high-energy ones, require more walks each day. Adding an extra 10 minutes to each of these walks in National Walking month will allow you to get your recommended daily steps in. Your dog will surely enjoy the extra time outdoors, giving them more time to explore their surroundings.

Where to walk your pet

If you prefer not to stray too far from home with your pet, simply change up your current walk, making a minor change to your route, such as taking a new turning to make the walk longer will make a big difference. Your dog will also appreciate a change of scenery and the new smells they’ll experience.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try somewhere completely new. Check out dog walking routes and different dog-friendly parks in your local area. Exploring somewhere new will see time fly by and you’ll have a happy dog on your hands.

Taking the extra time outside can help with walking habits such as perfecting off-lead walking. Your pet could even make some four-legged friends while out and about – perfect socialising practice.

If your pet has a mishap during walkies, you can make sure they are covered by pet insurance. You can visit www.argospetinsurance.co.uk to find out more information about our policies.