Sometimes when the depths of winter are upon us, New Year health kicks can sometimes find themselves kicked to the curb.
But if you're a dog owner, as actress, mum and personal trainer Sarah Jayne Dunn told K9 Magazine, you already have an advantage in your pocket (or at your feet) because your dog could hold the key to your mental and physical well-being.
Sarah says, "Just 30 minutes of brisk walking a day can vastly improve both your own and your dog’s health both physically and mentally."
And so following Sarah's example we have decided to share some of her top tips with four of the best products we've found for dog owners getting out and about this season.
Sarah's top tip number 1:
The first is simple, just get outside. Take that step to get up off the sofa and out through the door. Even a 20 minute brisk walk with your dog is better than none.
Perfect for Dog Walks
Coco Dog Walking Bag
Poppy & Rufus is the home of Dog Walking Bags.
Available in washable waxed cotton and our bespoke oilcloth fabrics, our bags are purpose-designed for everything needed on a dog walk with easy access pockets. The strap even turns into a spare lead! Lovingly made in the UK.
Priced from £45.00Buy Your Coco Dog Walking Bag Now
Sarah's top tip number 2:
Choose more challenging walking routes. Don’t let your walk become routine, this can easily get boring and it can be hard to motivate yourself to get outside if you know just what to expect. Look on your local community website and find some interesting walks, these will challenge both the body and mind.
Great Boot Liner for Dog Owners
Tailor Made Car Boot Liners
Whether you’re battling mud and dirt from dirty paws or wet dog hairs after a beach trip, your car will feel the strain of taking your four-legged friend out for a long walk or day trip.
The Hatchbag Company’s boot liners are an ideal product for dog owners and made from high-quality PVC, designed to protect your specific car make and model boot, and are also quick to fit and easy to maintain. The additional extras allow you to design your own customised liner.
Use code K9FREEMAT to claim your FREE Hatchbed mat at checkout – Offer expires July 2017.
This will be automatically added to the basket at £0
Priced from £91.88Buy Your Hatchbag Boot Liner Now
Sarah's top tip number three:
If you have a dog that enjoys a run and has lots of energy, then why not increase your walking pace to a jog or even a run. Set yourself a time or certain distance/route to run and let your pooch enjoy it with you.
Recommended Dog Joint Supplement for Older Dogs
Designed by veterinarians with over 30 years experience to be everything you could ever want in a dog joint supplement.
Thoroughly researched and developed with feedback from clients, Flexidog was created to be a high-quality, safe, delicious supplement for your dog, to help maintain joint comfort and mobility.
Made from 100% all-natural ingredients including green lipped mussel and rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, this helps maintain pain-free mobile joints. The Flexidog tablets have been carefully formulated to be chewable and tasty.
Price £24.79 (special promotional price)Buy Flexidog on AMAZON Buy Flexidog on SIMPLY PETS ONLINE
Sarah's top tip number 4:
Try to beat your dog to the toy, retrieve it, throw it again and run again! This is called interval training, short bursts of high-intensity exercise, great for increasing your fitness levels and awesome for burning fat, win win!
Dogrobes Dog Drying Coat Review: Team GB’s Harriet Lee Puts It to the Test
Harriet Lee is a dog owner but is probably best known to most Brits for her time in the pool, which most recently earned her a Silver medal at Rio’s Paralympic games.
We first spoke with Harriet back in the Summer of last year just before she headed off to Rio where she introduced us to two of the big loves of her lives, her dogs Baya (or Bear as he’s also known) and Bow.
Both Harriet and Baya are keen water fans (not surprising given her job!) but Harriet says although he loves the water, the winter months mean he’s chilly for a while afterwards until dry. Oh, and he has a penchant for mud, which makes car rides home after long walks a bit of a mess.
So, this month the duo chose to review the Dogrobes dog drying robe for us.Read Harriet Lee & Baya Bear’s Review
Sarah's top tip number 5:
Stay hydrated, always make sure you carry plenty of fresh drinking water for you and your dog. The body needs to stay well hydrated at all times, especially when being exerted to the max!
Read the rest of Sarah's top tips here: http://www.k9magazine.com/let-the-season-put-a-spring-in-your-step-with-the-help-of-sarah-jayne-dunn/