Woof! It’s International Dog Day!

It’s time to appreciate the love and value which dogs bring to our lives. According to several studies dogs really are good for our health. They can help us become calmer and more mindful, as well as becoming more active and responsible. In addition, just a few times stroking our furry friends can help our blood pressure and heart rate.

Here are 3 ways to spread the doggy love, celebrate International Dog Day and enjoy a life outside!

Have a dogtastic day out!

There are plenty of places which you and your dog can explore around the UK from ancient castles and monuments to forests, beaches and mountains. Try a train ride with your dog at the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway or embrace your animal side at the Cotswold Wildlife Park. For more ideas check out the English Heritage, National Trust and The Good Dog Guide websites for a wealth of dog friendly attractions.

Help your local animal shelter

Local animal shelters are always wanting more volunteers to walk their dogs and by doing this, you are not only helping the animals enjoy fresh air and exercise, you are helping yourself to do the same. It’s a win / win situation for all involved. Try the RSPCA or Dogs Trust for starters. Another option, if you live in the south east of England is CareDogs , a charity which provides opportunities for volunteers who want to do good, get outdoors and connect with people and nature by becoming dog walkers and befrienders. By volunteering for CareDogs you can encourage and accompany older people to enjoy more outdoor walks and activities with their dogs. The charity hopes to address the growing problem of social isolation, whilst increasing the adoption rate of older dogs from rescue centres and shelters around London.

Run or walk for your favourite furry friends

There are plenty of ways to enjoy exercising, boost your physical and mental health and enjoy a life outside. However, for extra motivation and to help animals in need, there are lots of charities who would love you to fundraise for them as part of your 5K run or marathon event. Here are just a few charities and links for further information about how you can get involved.

Dogs Trust

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

PDSA

Guide Dogs For The Blind

Hearing Dogs For Deaf People

Happy International Dog Day everyone!

Cherry after her “International Dog Day celebration!”

For more information on each of the activities and charities mentioned, don’t forget to click the links to find out more! Please see the latest UK’s COVID-19 regulations in each country in the RESOURCES section for up-to-date advice on travelling.

For more ideas on outside adventures, follow me at alifeoutsideblog.com. If you liked what you’ve read, don’t forget to like, or share this page too!

Published by Rachel Ellis-Lomas

As a keen caravanner and lover of the great outdoors, I have spent many hours planning and experiencing different destinations in the UK and Europe along with my husband and my four pawed fluffball, Cherry. I love discovering new places and particularly, areas less touched by mass tourism. Coming from an education background, I have also written articles and produced content for organisations in the leisure and education sector. I am passionate about writing and the great outdoors, so what better than to be able to blog about it? Like what you've read? Then get in touch about writing content, copy or proofreading services.

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