National Take a Hike Day is November 17th, and there’s no better time to load up your dog and get into the fall spirit! You may be surprised to learn that hiking carries a few unique health benefits, for both humans and dogs.

1. Nature relieves stress.

Studies have shown that simply spending time outside, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, can significantly reduce blood pressure and other stress-related disease. There is real benefit to slowing down and giving yourself time to think, breathe fresh air, and enjoy nature.

2. Exercise is more fun!

You might have easy access to a local gym to run, swim, cycle, or lift weights, but there is no change of scenery indoors. Adding variety (and your dog) to your exercise regimen keeps you motivated and interested.

3. Dogs love to explore.

You may have noticed that your dog sniffs everything in their environment. But, just like us, the same old surroundings can become tedious. New sights, smells, and sounds stimulate a dog’s mind and trigger the release of endorphins.

4. Adventure is a bonding experience.

Learn more about how your dog feels and reacts to different things. For example, you may not have known that she loves jumping into piles of leaves.

5. Enrichment for you and your dog is important.

Breaking your routine can spark imagination and inspire creativity. Dogs and humans are emotionally similar; it’s quite likely they feel the same.

Ready to get out there? Here’s a list of Dog Friendly Trails in Texas. Not quite up to a hike? Check out these Great Places for Dog Walking in Dallas.

Planning a longer hike than your dog can handle and need someone to take care of your pup while they are at home?  We’re here to help!

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