Five Benefits of Taking Your Dog for a Walk
Taking your dog for a walk is more than just physical exercise for your dog. It provides a multitude of benefits that you may not even think about!
Sedentary dogs are prone to becoming overweight, which can lead to many different health issues – from diabetes to heart problems to joint pain. A daily walk can go a long way toward burning off excess calories and keeping your dog in top physical condition.
Prevents Over-Excitement in the Home
Even active indoor dogs need an alternate outlet for pent-up energy. Walks provide an incredible opportunity to release that stored energy. This is imperative for dogs who become over-excited in the home and have a hard time settling.
Provides Abundant Socializing Opportunities
Socializing is not just for puppies! It is a life-long process. Your dog needs to be continually exposed to a variety of sights, sounds, smells and experiences to continue to be friendly with new people and trusting of new environments.
Prevents Behavior Issues
A bored dog will find things to occupy their time – digging, destructive behavior and barking are all signs that your dog needs more stimulation. Varying your walking routine will give your dog a positive outlet for their energy and lead to better behavior in the home.
It’s good for YOU!
Owners who walk their dog regularly may benefit from better cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, stronger muscles and bones (built up by walking regularly), decreased stress and reduced anxiety. Simply spending time with your dog has shown to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and reduces physiological stress responses. Studies show that spending time outside can boost memory and cognition, as well as increase your overall sense of well-being.
If you have difficulty walking your dog on a leash, contact us!
We’d love to help set up a training plan that will get you out and about with your best pal!