Need more of an incentive to go for a walk? Your dog can help. The NHS recommends adults get 30 minutes of exercise
at least five times a week, and walking your dog will easily get your step count up.
Before you hit the park or go for a long, country ramble, check out our eight handy tips.
1. Do make sure your dog has an ID tag
Every dog should wear a collar with a tag that displays the owner's name and address. It's a legal requirement for your dog to wear an ID tag when out in public - you could be fined up to £5,000 if your dog isn't wearing one. Dogs also must be microchipped
Wearing ID will ensure you're quickly reunited if your dog wanders off.
2. Do walk your dog at least once a day
Daily exercise is crucial for dogs. Even if you have a large garden, you should take your dog out to experience different sights, sounds and smells.
Dogs can get bored of their surroundings, but walking is great stimulation for their senses. Walking is also the best way to reduce anxiety and destructiveness - if you're heading out and leaving your pooch at home, take them for a quick stroll first.
3. Don't push your dog too far
Different breeds have different
exercise requirements. Very young and old animals will also need less walking.
As a general rule of thumb, puppies need about five minutes of exercise per month of age, twice a day. So a four-month-old puppy will need about 20 minutes of exercise twice a day.
4. Do pick up after your dog
Even if you're in the countryside, it's good 'petiquette' to pick up your dog's poo. Be sure to carry plenty of poo bags, and make sure your pet is wormed regularly.