There are numerous benefits to walking your dog! Make sure to keep his or her vaccinations up-to-date, and make walking part of your daily routine this year. Here are just a few good reasons why you should start today.
Dogs need to release energy.
If a dog doesn’t expend extra energy, behavioral issues, such as chewing or separation anxiety, can develop. 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, gentle leaders and harnesses can help.
Help prevent your dog from roaming.
During the course of a walk, your dog will be exposed to a variety of smells, sights, and sounds. Getting out of the house is a way to fulfill a dog’s need to roam and improve his/her sense of direction.
Dogs are social animals.
Socializing builds confidence and gives you a chance to show your dog how to interact with other animals in a positive way. While on your walk, you can monitor their behavior from the safety of a leash, while your dog enjoys all the excitement and stimulation, that comes with making new friends!
Walking is good for your dog's health, and your own!
Walking for 30 minutes or more each day can reduce you and your dog's risk of heart disease and other illnesses. It also improves digestive health and helps relieve constipation that may arise as a result of a sedentary lifestyle.
Over half of all dogs suffer with complications due to obesity. Exercise helps prevent and manage chronic diseases by keeping your pet at a healthy weight. Dogs with arthritis and diabetes can benefit greatly from walking.
Bonding with your dog.
Setting aside time for you and your furry friend builds trust and respect. Just like us, dogs need love and attention. Going on routine walks with your dog, can help strengthen your bond, and lead to a long, loving friendship!
Walk your dog regularly.
Regular walks can improve and lengthen your pet’s life. Just like humans, dogs need regular exercise to help improve their heart function, and muscle tone.
SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN WALKING YOUR DOG
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