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National Take a Walk in the Park Day 2024: Celebrating with Your Dog

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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National Take a Walk in the Park Day is observed on March 30 of each year. This holiday is a day to take a walk in your local park, and it’s a holiday your doggo can enjoy with you. March is a wonderful time of year to get out and enjoy the great outdoors; the weather is improving from the winter, and flowers are beginning to bloom for another year of life.

Let’s look at the ways you can enjoy the holiday with your doggie.

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The History of National Park Day

It’s unclear who invented National Take a Walk in the Park Day, but the goal, however, is to strap on your walking shoes and connect with Mother Nature. Walking is considered the best form of exercise for strengthening your heart, and dogs benefit from the activity too!

Researchers have found that people who regularly visit parks have better physical and mental health, and there are over 423 national parks scattered throughout the United States to choose from.

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How to Celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day with Your Dog

Celebrating this day is quite simple: pick a park close to your location and take a walk with your dog. Pick a dog-friendly park, grab your dog, leash, harness, and go. Of course, ensure the weather is fitting for a walk first. And don’t forget to take water for both you and your dog for the stroll.

Choosing a different area than usual can be beneficial for you and your dog. Walks can get boring if you take the same route each time you take your dog for a walk, and this holiday gives you a reason to seek out a new place to keep the walks exciting and enjoyable.

When Is the Best Time of Day to Walk with My Dog?

The best time of day to walk with your dog is early morning or early evening when it’s not too hot. Depending on where you live, mid-afternoon walks may be out of the question if you live in a hot climate, especially for your doggo. However, March is typically a good time to walk any time of the day, no matter where you live, and if it works to take a walk with your dog during your lunch break on this holiday, go for it.

You also need to consider the pavement temperature so your dog’s pads don’t blister—this is especially vital during the summer months. A rule of thumb is to place your hand on the pavement or whatever terrain you’ll be walking on and hold it there for 10 seconds—if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads. You can also buy dog boots to protect your dog’s feet.

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What Are the Health Benefits of Walking with My Dog?

Taking walks with your dog offers many healthy benefits for you both; plus, dogs love taking walks with their pet parents. Walking also establishes a bond between you and your canine kiddo. Let’s look at other benefits of taking walks with your dog.

  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Lowers blood pressure for humans
  • Beneficial for losing weight
  • Improves mental health
  • Provides physical and mental stimulation for your dog
  • Improves sleep
  • Keeps your dog’s weight at an ideal number
  • Excellent for joint health for both dogs and humans
  • Reduces stress
  • Aids in digestive and urinary health for your doggie

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Final Thoughts

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for March 30th to celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day with your doggie. Plan ahead and choose a place you and your dog haven’t been before to make the walk enjoyable and new. Ensure you bring water for you and your pooch, and ensure the weather is suitable.

If you have family members and friends with dogs, invite them for a fun day of walking in the park too!


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