Dog walking when you don't feel like walking
S.A.D.: Seasonal Affective Disorder can make humans and dogs not want to walk
For people who enjoy frigid-weather climates and winter season, walking dogs is an absolute breeze—a cold breeze. But for the typical dog owner who looks outside at all the snow, ice and salt (which is doing no favors for dog paws), having the energy to go outside can become more of a job than a perk. Although it is rare that my Hound mix Junee doesn’t want to walk, there are times where she’ll roll over on the couch and just stare at me. So while most of these 10 tips are for humans, there are a few sprinkled in for dogs dealing with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) too.
Refrain from binge-listening to your favorite podcast: It takes me a while to find a podcast that I enjoy enough to want to listen to every episode of. Once I do, then I tend to go off the rails—trying to binge-listen to it everywhere I go: while showering, during Sweeper Sundays, driving, shopping, etc. I just want to fly through all the episodes to get to the latest ones. Stop doing this. If you’re like me, specifically if you have an active dog, you will need something to listen to in order to make that cold time go by. Instead of listening to your favorite podcast nonstop, wait until it’s time to walk the dog. It will make you that much happier to head out of the door, knowing that you’ll get to listen to a few minutes (or an hour) of your favorite podcast personalities.
Walk when you’re upset, tired or restless. Although high blood pressure (and a few other things) run in my family, I never had any of it. Maybe being a vegetarian has helped or being reasonably physically active did the trick. Still, physical activity doesn’t always match mental activity. Once I initiated a lawsuit (regarding this issue), I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. I realized fairly quickly that stress is a major factor in your health. When I’m stressed, I grab my dog’s leash and walk too—even if it’s not on schedule. My blood pressure goes back to normal more often than not after those much-needed strolls.