Strolls are essential to a dog's well-being.

By Katherine Owen
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Yes your dog needs time outside, but have you ever thought why a walk is just as important as letting them roam in the yard? Your dog gains a lot from your strolls.

For Business

Aside from providing necessary bathroom breaks, a walk is a chance to keep a dog's physical health in check. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), around 56% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight. Luckily, walks can be an easy way to manage that. Try walking for 30 minutes, five times a week. APOP suggests setting a brisk pace for the first half of the walk then slowing down for the second half, letting your dog sniff and explore more. For walks 30 minutes or longer in warmer weather, bring water.

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For Pleasure

Remember, a dog's sense of smell is at least 10,000 times greater than a human's–so when they stop to sniff, they're not just admiring your neighbor's roses. This is a way for them to interact with the world outside their home. A walk around the neighborhood provides critical mental stimulation that the confines of a yard and home don't. Training a dog commands like "leave it" can help with over-zealous investigators.

Fetching Finds

Here are four products for those all important walks around town.

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Stash pick-up bags in this stylish holder that clips right onto your dog's leash. More patterns are available. Waste Bag Dispenser, $24;

A collar is a fashion statement. We love the blooms of this collar for spring garden romps. The Clara, from $22;

Get a good grip when walking your dog with this weatherproof leash. NeoPro Dog Leash, $33;

You've packed a water bottle, but just try getting your dog to drink from it. This bowl stores easily and is dishwasher friendly. Collaps A Bowl, $10;