With its trails and lake, Barrie is a dog walker’s nirvana

“It’s beautiful here and the dogs can be social with other dogs, which we’re just starting to get them used to,” says a Barrie resident

As we enter the scorching days of summer, dog-walking love enters its golden season.

The health benefits of daily walking are well documented. And it’s even better to do it with a friend.

Mario and Carmen Muto of Barrie recently got into the dog-walking business with their five-month-old pooches, brothers Carlo and Marlo.

The couple recently took their first excursion by walking along the Barrie waterfront.

“It allows us to get outdoors and walk and more physically, which is why we have dogs. It’s beautiful here and the dogs can be social with other dogs, which we’re just starting to get them used to,” says Carmen. BarrieToday.

According to research in the UK, regular walking eliminates well over 3,000 cases of cancer every year, and if you walk every day the numbers are reduced even further.

So why not get motivated and time those miles with a dog?

With a myriad of parks, trails and one of the best waterfronts in the province, Barrie is the perfect place to walk your dog.

Shane Morgan, from Pickering, enjoys the views around the waterfront as he has been tasked with babysitting his grandmother’s dog while she is in the Galapagos Islands.

Hanging out with Maple, her own dog, and Boo, her grandmother’s puppy, is always fun.

“I like what dogs get out of it socializing with other dogs and other people. And they both like to swim, even though they’re not made for it. They sink because they’re too heavy, but they love water,” says Morgan.

Michigan State University reports that dog owners are 34% more likely to log 150 minutes of walking per week compared to non-dog owners, and on average dog owners walked 22 minutes more per day compared to non-owners.

Daily walking is also beneficial for dogs. It is estimated that half of all dogs in North America are overweight or obese, which undoubtedly shortens their life.

A regular daily walk can mean up to 1,000 kilometers per year for you and your dog.

But what if you don’t have a dog?

Get out and go for a walk anyway. A daily stroll along the town’s waterfront will bring you into contact with dozens of dogs of all shapes and sizes, many of whom will be more than happy to meet you and receive a pat on the head and a hello.

It’s a well-known fact that interacting with pets reduces stress and boosts mood-boosting chemicals like dopamine and serotonin.

Most dogs love the attention and daily exercise they get while on a leash, so a happy dog ​​means a happy, healthier owner.

Another option for people who don’t have a dog is to volunteer with the Ontario SPCA Barrie Animal Center on Patterson Rd, where they offer the opportunity to walk the shelter dogs so they can enjoy the outdoors and get much-needed exercise.

To become a volunteer, click here.