10 reasons to walk your dog
- Regular exercise promotes overall good mental and physical health. Just like humans, dogs need regular exercise in order to stay healthy, fit, and happy.
- Fresh air is good for everyone. There’s no debating that fact!
- Dogs need to explore, sniff, and investigate. Dogs are born with an incredible sensory system for a reason, and a walk gives your dog the opportunity to use those keen senses.
- Even if you have a large yard, it’s not enough. I always say, “for a dog, a walk is like going to the library, whereas their yard is like reading the same book over again”.
- Walks prevent boredom. If your dog is stuck in the house or yard, they’re going to find other ways to entertain themselves, including chewing, excessive barking, counter surfing, just to name a few.
- Walks reduce anxiety, frustration, and agitation. Think of how you feel when you’re stuck inside the house for too long.
- This next one is really important! Dogs, especially puppies, need exposure to all sorts of stimuli including people, other dogs and animals, sounds, traffic, skateboarders, etc., and the earlier a dog can be exposed to such things, the better. Puppies who don’t receive early exposure and socialization, can become skittish, anxious, and defensive, adult dogs. So, get your pups outside for walks as early as possible because the first 4 months of a puppy’s development are important!
* Note: If you have a reactive or nervous dog, don’t flood them with stimuli on a walk. Instead, give us a call and we can help you improve your dog’s coping skills and confidence so that walks can become enjoyable for both you and your dog.
- It makes your dog happy! I’m sure you love your dog, so do things with your dog that makes them happy. Being happy is good for the brain!
- It’s good for you too! I don’t know about you, but walking my dogs is my therapy. It allows me to clear my head, and I always return home re-charged and content. The exercise is of course, an added bonus!
- Dogs who are walked regularly tend to be better behaved. The exercise that dogs get from a walk, combined with the mental stimulation from sniffing, being outside, and exploring can make such a difference in a dog’s overall behaviour. Dogs that are regularly walked, seem to be able to cope and settle much easier. I just got back from a walk with my dogs an hour ago, and I haven’t heard a peep from them since. One is even snoring away!
Things to consider:
Keep in mind that a walk might energize your dog, so it’s a good idea to give your dog something to do afterwards that will help them come down from the walk. I recommend a stuffed Kong, or a bone as chewing can help a dog to calm and settle.
If you’re having less than comfortable walks due to pulling, reactivity or any other reason, contact us for some private training and we can help you start to enjoy walks with your dog again!