Dog owners will know that every day is walk your dog day. However, it may be tempting to put off walking your dog during January as Christmas becomes a bittersweet, distant memory and those Winter chills continue to creep in.

January is National Walk Your Dog month, and here at the RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District branch, we thought it would be a good idea to create an event that motivates you and your pet to get moving.

Walking your dog brings several benefits to both you and your four legged friends. They are a good way to help regulate weight, and combat some perhaps over indulging experienced during the Christmas period. Fresh air helps to focus the human mind, and aids food digestion in dogs, not to mention the satisfaction of getting your New Years resolution off to a good start.

Our Stepping Into 2022 event gives you the freedom to walk how ever many steps or miles you desire, whilst helping to raise much needed funds for the RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District branch.

All you need to do is set a goal that is personal to you, then get your family and friends to support and encourage you through sponsorships. 

Print off our sponsorship form and decide how far you want to walk this January: steppinginto2022sponsorshipform.pdf

Examples of goals (this list is not exhaustive and it is completely up to you how you decide to challenge yourself):

- walk 1 mile per day every day for a month

- walk 20 miles throughout the month

- walk for 30 minutes per day every day for a month

- walk every day for a month (with no set length or duration)

Whether it’s a trot around the lake, a romp on the moors, or a jog around the woods, we want you to share the fun by posting your photos and videos to our Facebook page. This is a great way to share new walk routes with fellow dog-walkers.

 

Follow these simple guidelines below for a safe and enjoyable dog walk:

  • Wearing brightly coloured or reflective clothing, leashes and collars
  • Stay in well-lit public areas
  • Ensure your dog has access to plenty of fresh clean water during long walks and afterwards
  • Protect your dog’s feet from the elements - ice, snow and de-icers and grit can all cause nasty sores so be sure to protect your dog’s feet and wash them down afterwards
  • Make sure your dog is warm or cool enough – particularly if young, old or with a condition such as arthritis