Dog walking can give amazing benefits for a dog and its owner. Every dog requires daily exercise to stay healthy. See the 6 reasons why you need to take your dog for a walk.
1. Maintain Physical Health
Moderate walks keep your dog’s body in the tip-top shop. The cardio activity maintains a healthy weight and prevents doggie diabetes. Walking also improves flexibility and the digestive system, as well as strengthens bones and muscles. It can also enhance the dog’s immune system, so it will be able to fight off infection and disease. Walking is also a great way to prevent and ease arthritis in older dogs.
2. Improve Socialization
Dogs are naturally social with other dogs. Walking provides the opportunity for your dog to meet other pups, socialize, and play. It tapped into a social aspect of their biology.
3. Enhance Connection to Nature
Dogs are naturally curious creatures. Going on walks can spark their adventurous side, giving them the opportunity to explore new sights and smells. This improves your dog’s confidence and independence.
4. Releases Energy
Dogs have a lot of energy. If they don’t get enough physical activity during the day, they’ll release that energy in the house. This can cause restlessness, hyperactivity, biting, anxiety, poor behavior, and more. Daily walks are a constructive and productive way to release that energy and minimize restlessness and behavioral concerns. This also can help them sleep better.
5. Decrease Loneliness
Walking helps to combat loneliness. Dogs feel lonely if they don’t interact with their “master” or other dogs. Walking gives them quality time with you, and socialize with other pups. This is especially important for dogs with separation anxiety.
6. Provides Opportunity for Training
A walk is a low-stress time to train your dog. During the walk, your bond and quality time is high, so your dog is more likely to respond to your training with a positive mind. A lot of professional dog trainers will take a dog out on a walk to create a “casual” or less frightening situation for dogs to respond better.
You can use this time to teach certain commands, like “sit,” “stay,” or “heel.” You can also train your dog outdoor potty etiquette and socialization techniques.
Dog walking can keep you and your dog healthy, happy, and bonded. So, create a schedule for a walking time with your dog 😊
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