Benefits of Dog Walking
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Most of us know, or at least we should, that exercise is an important part of staying healthy. The same is true for our dogs, and there is no better way to keep our pets in shape and happy than by walking them. Below are just some ways your dog will be impacted by receiving daily walks.
 
1. Daily exercise keeps your dog healthy, agile, and limber. Like humans, an overweight dog is not a healthy dog. The difference is that for many dogs they are not able to control the level of exercise they receive, and it is up to their human to make sure they live a long and healthy life.
  
2. Regular dog walks can help to keep your pet's digestive system in good working order. 
 
3. When dogs are kept inside for days on end, they tend to get bored and build up an excess of energy that they can unwillingly take out on your furniture or other areas of your home. Walks help to keep dogs constructive and cut back on any destructive behavior like chewing, digging, or scratching.
 
4. That pent up energy can also cause a very hyper dog when all the humans in the house are going to bed. Ensuring they get a daily walk will make your dog tired at bedtime instead of ready for midnight exploration.
 
6. Walk time is also human-dog bonding time. This leads to less whining, barking, and other attention seeking behaviors. This also promotes a stronger bond between you and your dog.
 
7. Daily walks can help turn a timid, fearful dog into a trusting and confident dog because they most likely will get regular interaction with other animals and humans. 
 
8. Making sure that your dog gets to go for a walk everyday ensures that they stay mentally healthy. A dog left to sit around and become lethargic can develop depression in the same manner that humans can. So take your pup for a walk and let them use their senses and get their mind working.  
 
 
On average a dog should get at least an hour of walking every day; however, more active breeds may need a lot more. Since dogs do not self-entertain, putting them outside by themselves is not the best way to achieve the above results. If you do not have time to take your dog on daily walks, try hiring a professional dog walker, who will care for your pet like their very own. 
 
Tara at Pets-ercise provides this very care. She provides dog walking services to the Norfolk, VA area. If you need her to walk your dog when you cannot, contact her today.