By Doghaus University, Apr 23 2017 04:33PM
5 Reasons to Walk Your Furry Friend Everyday
Having a lovable, energetic pup in your home is one of the greatest joys there is. Dogs have been beloved animal friends of people for thousands of years and the bond that people share with their dogs is unlike anything else. When it comes to owning a pet, whether you are a first time "dog mom or dad" or you have several furry friends in your home, there is plenty you can do to keep your dog healthy and happy. And in this post, we will discuss the five benefits of walking your puppy pal every day.
It Gets You (Both) Moving: Dogs are naturally active creatures and need to get their own physical fitness in everyday in order to maintain optimum health. Not being walked regularly doesn't just affect their physical health; they can also suffer from psychological problems if they aren't getting their daily exercise in. Dogs are happiest and at their best when they can be outdoors and being energetic. And the added benefit of regular dog walking is that you too are getting your daily exercise! The two of you can enjoy the fresh air, get in some great cardio, and feel refreshed afterwards.
Get Rid of Destructive Behavior: If your dog is developing bad habits such as scratching, digging, and clawing, a walk may be the cure. When dogs are not routinely active, it is not uncommon for them to become destructive in their behavior. But these problems can easily be addressed with a brisk walk every day. Think of pets in a similar manner that you would think of children; if they aren't given something constructive to do, it will lead to destructive tendencies.
Regular Activity Has Calming Effects: Think about it. When you have had a particularly intense a day at work, sometimes the best thing you can do is go for a walk somewhere scenic or hit the gym to sweat away the stress. It's the same for dogs. If your furry friend seems hyperactivity and filled with energy, even late at night, a walk is just the medicine he or she needs. After an energizing walk, your dog will be much more likely to sleep better at night and be calmer in your home.
Establish a Greater Bond: Walking your dog is one of the easiest and most effective ways to establish a strong bond. Especially if you have just welcomed your dog into your home, get in the habit of walking him or her everyday. With consistency, your furry friend will look forward to the daily walks they get to have with their favorite human. In no time at all, you will have developed a strong relationship in which your dog fully trusts you.
Promotes Better Behavior: Young puppies especially need to be trained to behave properly around you, small children, and strangers. One great way to teach them proper dog manners is by walking with them on a routine basis. You can teach them how to walk by your side the right way instead of pulling ahead or running toward every little thing that captures their attention. When your dog has developed great behavior on their walks with you, it will be easier for them when someone they don't know has to walk them, such as a pet sitter or professional dog walker.
At our pet day care center, we pride ourselves on providing every dog with an energizing, adventurous walk to maintain their health and happiness. If you are in need of a sitter for your dog or are looking for other pet services, don't hesitate to contact us today.