Walk My Dog 2022 starts May 1

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Local veterinary hospital, Family Pet Health, in partnership with Wag It Better Dog Training, announced their third annual Walk My Dog program for area residents to encourage a healthier, stronger bond between dog and dog. owner.

The concept is similar to a library’s summer reading program, but instead of reading books, participants will walk miles with their dogs. The Walk My Dog program will begin on May 1 and run until June 30. Participants can register for www.familypethealth.com/walkmydog.

Fear, anxiety and stress for humans and pets are at an all time high. Getting out and walking your dog decreases anxiety and stress and builds a positive relationship with your dog. Studies have shown that people who have a workout partner are more likely to stay motivated and fit. This is especially true if your training buddy is your dog.

The Walk My Dog program is open to all ages of humans and dogs, and there is no entry fee. There are divisions for primary, secondary, adults and seniors. There will also be divisions for dogs based on their size. You can read more about the rules on the registration page at www.familypethealth.com/walkmydog.

Each week, participants will also be able to take part in social media challenges sponsored by local businesses. Details of each week’s challenge will be posted on various social media platforms as well as on the program website. Prizes will be awarded for the best social media post using the hashtag #walkmydog. There will also be prizes for all participants who meet the mileage goals of 15, 30, 50 and 75 miles during the program. General prizes will be awarded at the Walk My Dog celebration on July 9.

Wag It Better Dog Training will provide free training tips to participants for the duration of the program using online resources and webinars. Topics include selecting the proper gear, training your dog to walk without pulling the leash, dog walking safety tips, and more.

Family Pet Health is located at 3307 Manchester Pike in Murfreesboro. The practice, owned by Dr. Amy Shirley and her husband Michael, is a small veterinary hospital for exotic animals. They provide a full range of veterinary services including exams and vaccinations, lab work and diagnostics, surgeries and referral services. All of their staff are Fear Free certified and have undergone extensive training in recognizing and reducing signs of fear, anxiety and stress in their patients. Learn more about https://familypethealth.com/.

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