If you have a dog one of your reoccurring daily tasks is taking them for a walk…
But walking your dog is about so much more than just “potty breaks.”
Walking your dog provides mental stimulation, physical exercise, chances for socialization, and opportunities for behavioral training.
Not only that but it gets both of you out and about while helping to grow the bond you have with your dog!
Below are 4 reasons why you should walk your dog daily:
- Walking Provides Exercise and Mental Stimulation
Walking your dog regularly provides a basic foundation for physical and mental health. If he or she is confined to the house for too long, your dog will get bored, and boredom can lead to destructive behavior. Your dog is dependent on you to take them out to explore the sights, smells, and sounds of the world. This is why it’s also good to vary the places you take your pet as dog much as possible!
- Walking is Good for Your Dog’s Health
Remember, too, that a sedentary furry friend can quickly become an overweight one, and that brings potential health problems with it. Even if your dog is active inside the home, he or she still needs another outlet for pent-up energy. You’ll benefit from having a well-exercised dog, as tired dogs tend to behave better, and you’ll help your pet avoid unnecessary weight gain!
- Walking Helps with Your Dog’s Socialization
While out walking, your dog is most likely going to meet other dogs. This is a great opportunity to help your dog learn acceptable ways of socially interacting with new animals. It will also help your dog build confidence so your pet will be less afraid to make friends. If your dog does show fear, taking them to a training class is a great way of removing that anxiety in a more controlled environment. Walking your dog and exposing him or her to different dogs, people, and situations is a win for everyone.
- Walking Your Dog is a Training Opportunity
When walking your dog, consider it a training opportunity. Dogs aren’t born knowing how to walk on a leash, so you’ll have to teach your dog how to follow your lead. On these walks, you can begin teaching commands like, “sit,” “stay,” and “heel,” especially if you take treats along to use during the process.