WALKING THE DOG:
9 Benefits for the Dog
Grab the leash — it’s time to head outside with your best pawsome buddy! Walking the dog is not only a great way to get some exercise for you (a whopping 66% admitted they walk their dogs), it also offers several benefits for the dog (and that’s the main reason we walk them in the early, cold, wet or HOT outside anyways – right????). Listed are 9 Benefits for Walking Your Dog.
1. HELPS WITH MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH
Barking and whining are just signs that your pet wants some attention from you. Regular walks together will help both of you to stay and become more healthy and fit and teaches your dog to become more calm — you’ll be thankful for the improved behaviors around the house.
2. HELPS WITH DISCIPLINE & OBEDIENCE
Helps keep your pet in line to obeying you and your commands for a safer and more enjoyable walk, and also a better pet lifestyle in and out of the house.
If having trouble gettting your dog to obey you, please consider a Professional Dog Trainer to help you out.
3. DO THEIR BUSINESS OUTSIDE (NOT INSIDE!)
Hopefully everyone knows this one! Who wants to clean up the carpet or floor several times a day? Both of you will enjoy this benefit of teaching your dog to do their business outside and not inside. Don’t forget the dog bags to pick up after your pet!
4. FIGHTS LONELINESS & DEPRESSION
With everything going on in your life, it can be a challenge in finding and spending time with your best friend. But daily dog walks help promote the life-long bond between you and your dog. These walks can help fight the bad behavior that may come to some dogs for the depression of being alone when you are not there.
5. HEALTH BENEFITS
This one is a no-brainer. Exercise is good for us all. It provides many health benefits that include keeping your pet healthy, agile, and limber.
6. HELPS BUILD TRUST TO OTHER ANIMALS & PEOPLE
Spending time with your pet is extremely important. It strengthens the bond between you and leads to a strong, trusting relationship. Walk to strengthen your bond and your bodies! If you have a timid or fearful pet, regular walks can help your pet to build confidence and trust. You will likely be exposing your pet to other humans and animals alike, and with you there for comfort, your pet can learn to be comfortable around them.
7. EXPLORING & EXPERIENCING NEW THINGS
Dogs love to go outside to explore (and SNIFF, SNIFF, SNIFF) the sights, smells, and sounds of the world, and it’s recommended to vary the places you take your pet as much as possible. You’ve probably noticed how busy (and excited!) your dog gets when he’s walking, so let them enjoy every opportunity to discover!
8. HELP’S THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
The walk helps with your dog’s digestive system. These walks can aid in relieving constipation – making sure your dog’s stools are more regular and healthy.
9. HELPS RELEASE PENT UP ENERGY
Taking your dog for a walk helps to alleviate the extra pent up energy your dog may have — thus helping to calm them down as well as reducing any hyperactivity, excitability, and even nighttime activity. All-in-all, the walk can help your dog feel much more relaxed and sleepier than being restless at bedtime.
TIPS FOR WALKING THE DOG
- Aim for a minimum of at least 2 15-minute or one 30-minute walk — at least five times a week.
- Make sure your dog is always on a leash, unless in designated off-leash park.
- Be sure to bring some plastic dog bags with you to clean up after your pet.
- Supervise your dog around young children.
- Make sure your dog is properly identified.
- Make sure your dog is spayed or neutured.
- Best to avoid walking in the extreme heat or cold.
- Take fresh water for you and your dog to drink.
In conclusion, walking the dog not only offers multiple benefits for the dog, you also benefit by the exercise, but even more importantly, you benefit by the making the bond between you and your best friend even closer — BFFs!
EXTRA: Parks & Trails for Your Dog Walking Excursions
If you get tired of taking your dog around the same neighborhood time after time, visit our Parks & Trails section for some suggestions. Each place is featured with walk information and amenities, photo gallery, video (we working on those!) and a detailed ‘BARKing Review’ by our very own mascot “Jolly” Rufus!
EXTRA: Professional Dog Walkers & Pet Sitters
If unable to regularly walk youre dog (due to sickness, work or vacation), please consider using a Professional Dog Walk/Pet Sitter for your needs. For a list of local Dog Walkers & Pet Sitters, please click here.