10 Reasons Why You Should Walk The Dog
You shouldn’t need any reasons to walk the dog, but there are 10 very good reasons why you SHOULD take your dog for regular walks. Do you know what they are?
Not only does going for regular walks offer your four-legged friend a healthier lifestyle, but it is also a fantastic opportunity for you to boost your own mental and physical well-being.
Walking your dog offers them mental stimulation, physical exercise, an opportunity for socialization, and a chance for behavioural training.
Most dogs need to be walked at least once each day, though some dogs, particularly very active dogs, may require more. The breed of dog you have, as well as its level of fitness and age, will also determine how long and how vigorous your walk should be.
10 Reasons why you should walk the dog
- It’s Fun
Exercise is fun! We have endorphins to thank for that, those chemicals that our bodies produce that are natural pain relievers and mood boosters and can even make us feel euphoric, this applies to our dogs too.
- Adds to Your Dog’s Lifespan
Walking provides many health benefits that include keeping your pet healthy, agile, and limber.
- Keeps Dog’s Chilled Out
Barking and whining are signs that your pet needs more stimulation and attention from you. Regular walks will ensure your dog is more chilled out.
- Bonding Time
Time spent with your pet is time well spent. It strengthens the bond between you and leads to a strong, trusting relationship. Regular walks can help build confidence and trust in your relationship.
- Gives Them Something To Look Forward To
Pets are like young children —if you don’t give them something constructive to do, or something to look forward to then they will FIND something to do. With pets it’s it is often digging, chewing, and barking! Your pet will be better behaved when they know there is a scheduled morning walk! In addition to morning walks, evening walks will help your dog feel more relaxed at bedtime.
- Helps with Weight Management
An overweight pet is not a healthy pet. It is always best to provide regular exercise in conjunction with a healthy diet.
- Increases Digestive Health
Regular walks are beneficial to your pet’s digestive system and will also aid in relieving constipation.
- It Allows Them To Be A Dog
Walking your dog allows them to be a dog! Dogs live their life through their nose and going on walks allows them to sniff around and pick up new and exciting smells. By nature, dogs are curious and adventurous, they like to explore and what better way to explore than to go for a walk! Some dogs are territorial and have the urge to mark their territory, going for walks will allow them the opportunity to expand their sense of territory.
- Fun In The Sun
Dogs enjoy sunbathing because the sun provides them with Vitamin D, which promotes serotonin production and helps them to sleep better! By taking your dog for a walk, you will help them get their necessary exposure to sunlight.
- You Own A Dog
You own a dog, and this is the most simple reason why you should walk the dog. Owning a pet comes with responsibility. Be a responsible pet owner and ensure you provide your dog with everything they need, including a regular walk.
Tips From Our Team
- Aim for two x 15-minute or one x 30-minute walk, at least five days every week.
- Always keep your dog on a leash, unless in a designated off-leash park.
- Bring plastic poop scoop bags to clean up after your pet.
- Avoid going out in extreme cold or heat.
- Don’t forget to bring cool, fresh water for you both to drink.
- Ensure that your dog is up to date with all their vaccines
Dog Walking Necessities include:
- Dog collar with an ID tag & phone number
- Poop scoop bags
- A ball, rope or frisbee to play with
You can purchase all of these items from Assagay Feeds!
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