The Benefits of Walking Your Dog

The importance of walking your dog - dog holding leash.

Most of us don’t think about how important it is to give our pup a walk but truly, there is a wide range of much-needed health and social benefits in exercising our furry friend.  Not only does our dog get to explore the world and get out of being locked up in the house but also is activated and excited by the world giving them their dose of life. Walking shows your dog how much you care and love them every time and tires them out ridding boredom and destructive behaviors.  The more your dog is exposed to new situations, the smarter and more adaptable they become. Here’s a list of a few important reasons why walking your dog daily is essential to their health and well-being.    

Training Opportunity

Training is key to any well-behaved dog and walking your dog gives them the chance to obey commands during distractions.  You can test those basic commands that they easily obey in the house like sit, stay, or lie. This will improve your dog’s command retention and attention span.  It’s an opportunity for leash training as well so they know they must obey on the leash. You can teach them to heel and lead you along. For the best results, bring treats on your walk and reward your pup whenever they perform a command correctly further engraining good behavior and listening skills.  

Exercise

Walking your dog is perhaps the main way to give them exercise, which keeps them healthy.  Firstly, dogs that are sedentary have a greater chance of becoming obese and having irregular pooping and constipation.  By walking your dog, you are improving their stomach health and digestion. You’ll likely keep them thinner and healthier.  Walking has been known to help dogs avoid various diseases too. Dogs typically need between 30-60 minutes of exercise per day, which will improve their mood making your dog less bored, restless, and anxious.    Walking is healthy for the dog owner too. Research shows that walking 30 minutes per day decreases the risk of heart disease and other serious illnesses. Walking your dog will improve their overall mental and physical health.  

Fun, Exploration, and Gaining Self-Confidence

The experience of walking is one of exploration for your dog and keeps their minds and bodies active. Your furry friend will be excited by all the new sights, sounds, and smells.  When walking, you’re there to support your dog and they know this. They feel loved and because of this support, they can adapt to new scary situations. Being this leader and protector is crucial for the health of your dog and creates a stronger bond.  These walks boost the self-confidence of your pup. Your dog is likely to meet other canines on your walks together. This socializing is great for your dog to learn how to introduce themselves safely to a stranger under your protection.     

Set Up A Schedule for Walking Your Dog

To ensure you and your pup get your best exercise, set a schedule and make walking a part of your daily routine.  For example, set your alarm a half-hour earlier and use this time to go for a walk! Your dog will love you for it and be super excited!  You can pick a loop in your neighborhood to walk daily if it’s too tricky to keep changing your walking locations. A loop also means you’ll be able to properly time your walk and don’t have to walk the same way each time.  If you have children, you can take them with you. Children have boundless energy so your walk can give them the chance to stretch their legs too. Don’t worry if you miss a day as life can sometimes get hectic. Just get back on schedule the next day.  Trust us, your dog will thank you for it and you’ll have a much healthier dog when they get to exercise regularly.

We know that the happiness of your pup is important to you and walking them is one of the best ways to show them your love and boost their happiness.  If your dog is having any health issues, give the Cherrelyn Animal Hospital a call at (303) 532 1258 and set up an appointment today!