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6 Tips To A Healthier, Happier Year With Your Dog
If one of your resolutions is to become more active, walking with your dog is a great way to get moving. Walking is not just a way for you and your pet to bond and stay healthy, but also has numerous other benefits.
Let Out Some Steam!
Energy outlet. If a dog doesn’t expend extra energy, behavioral issues, such as chewing or separation anxiety, can develop.
Training Made Just A Bit Easier
A tired dog is easier to train than a dog full of energy. Plus during the walks, you can reinforce training such as heeling, sitting, etc. If your pet is a puller, we have Gentle Leaders and harnesses that can help.
During the course of a walk, your dog will be exposed to a variety of smells, sights, and sounds.
Help Prevent Roaming
Getting out of the house is a way to fulfill a dog’s need to roam and improve his/her sense of direction.
Socialization Is Key
Walks allow your pet to meet other people and dogs. These encounters help build his/her confidence and social skills. Dogs who are not socialized tend to be more fearful, shy, and withdrawn, especially when meeting new people or pets. A social dog is a happy, well balanced dog! If you have multiple dogs, walking them together can help them bond and prevent behavior issues between them.
Lengthen Their Life
Regular walks can improve and lengthen your pet’s life. Exercise helps prevent and manage chronic diseases by keeping your pet at a healthy weight. If your pet has arthritis and diabetes, walking can greatly benefit their health!
Walking for 30 minutes a day fulfills the national recommendation for physical activity. Having a walking buddy by your side will keep you motivated and help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions! So remember to keep your pet's vaccines up-to-date, always have them wear a leash, and walk your way to a healthy 2017!
If you have any concerns about your pet's health or weight, or if you need to get their vaccinations up-to-date, you can make an appointment to visit our veterinary clinic in Cypress,Tx by clicking here. Our vets and staff are the best!