National Walk Your Dog Month: The Best Walks Near Us
As January marks National Walk Your Dog Month, the significance of regular exercise for your furry friend takes centre stage. Ensuring your dog gets ample physical activity is crucial for their well-being and overall health.
Discovering the right walking routes can be an exciting part of this routine. In this blog, we share some of our top dog-friendly spots around Willesden and Harlesden as well as offering up information on exercising your pooch.
How Often Do I Need To Walk My Dog?
The ideal duration for dog walks can vary based on various factors such as breed, age, health, and individual energy levels. As a general guideline:
Puppies: Shorter, more frequent walks are suitable, with about 5 minutes of exercise per month of age (twice a day).
Adult Dogs: Most adult dogs require around 30 minutes to 2 hours of exercise per day, depending on their breed, size, and energy levels. High-energy breeds like Border Collies or Huskies might need closer to 1-2 hours, while smaller or less active breeds may be content with shorter walks.
Senior Dogs: Adjustments might be needed for older dogs; they may require shorter walks more frequently to prevent exhaustion or joint issues.
Consider Individual Needs: Some dogs need more mental stimulation than others. Activities like training, interactive play, or puzzle games can supplement physical exercise.
Additionally, it's essential to observe your dog's behaviour. Signs of restlessness, excessive energy, or destructive behaviour might indicate they need more activity. Conversely, if they seem fatigued or reluctant to walk, it might be a sign to shorten the walks.
Always consult your vet for personalised advice based on your dog's specific needs, especially if they have health issues or unique requirements.
Where To Walk Your Dog Near Us:
Situated conveniently close to the clinic on Harlesden Road (NW10 3SH), Roundwood Park offers a delightful outing for both you and your dog. With facilities like Roundwood Lodge Cafe, toilets, an aviary, and a playground, it's an excellent option for a day out. While most areas allow off-leash walks, certain sections have dog control measures in place.
Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the park's amenities like the bowling green and multi-use games area. Roundwood Park welcomes visitors from 5 am to 10:30 pm daily.
King Edward VII Park
A popular dog-walking destination nearby, King Edward VII Park, features a children's play area, football and rugby pitches, and ample open grassy spaces for your dog to roam. Be aware that there are two parks by this name—one in Willesden and another in Wembley. Accessible 24/7, this park on Doyle Gardens offers a range of activities for both you and your furry companion.
Longstone Avenue Open Space
Adjacent to Roundwood Park off Chadwick Road (NW10 4XH), Longstone Avenue Open Space provides a simple yet ideal spot for letting your dog run freely. This green area is open 24/7, offering a convenient option for some outdoor activity.
Located on Dollis Hill, this expansive park boasts various entertainment options for families and their canine pals. From an outdoor gym to a walled garden, cafe, and wildlife areas, there's plenty to explore. However, certain areas within the park restrict dog access, so keep them on a lead in designated zones. The park remains open 24 hours a day.
Though a bit further out, Tiverton Green offers a smaller grassy area adjacent to a children's play area and basketball court. It features an enclosed multi-use game area, outdoor gym equipment, and a cycle circuit, providing diverse activity options for you and your dog.
A Victorian park situated off Harvest Road (NW6 6SG), Queens Park is a favourite among dog walkers. With vast green spaces, a tennis court, pitch and putt golf course, playground, bandstand, and cafe, there's something for everyone. Open from 7 am to 7 pm daily.
Gibbons Recreation Ground
Tucked away off Bridge Road (NW10), this serene park offers a large field for your dog to run freely. Additionally, it includes amenities like a basketball court, football court, children’s play area, and outdoor gym. The park also offers scenic views of Wembley Stadium and is accessible 24/7.
Remember, regular exercise is key to a happy and healthy dog.