Walking Your Dog: Unleash the Benefits
Whether you have a new puppy or an older loyal companion, one thing is for sure: Our dogs brighten our lives and many pet parents count them as a member of the family. A lot of the time, they’re even more than that, they become your best friend (you didn’t think “man’s best friend” was just a saying, now did you?). Just as you spend time with and go out with your friends, it is not only important to spend time out with your dog, it’s beneficial too!
Taking your dog for a walk can sometimes be such a routine task during their day that they don’t even really think about it. There are many benefits, for both you and your pup though, that are important to recognize.
For your pet:
- Gut Health – Taking a dog for a walk regularly can help combat obesity and unhealthy weight gain. Especially if you’re gone for the majority of the day, it’s important to take the time to play with your pup and get them outside for a nice, long walk to keep them active. Regular walking also can help keep their digestion and potty schedule on track – an important part of training a puppy.
- Aches & Pains – Older dogs often experience joint pain and mobility problems. Going on a scheduled walk can help ward off these signs of aging and keep the puppy alive in your dog.
- Energy Outlet – It’s no secret that puppies and younger dogs have lots of energy. Let them get it all out by going for a walk. A retractable leash is a great way to let them have a little freedom while still keeping them close. Especially if you know your puppy demands a lot of attention and you won’t be having the time to give it to them, a walk will help you find the balance.
- Training Tool – Use walking your walk as a training tool. Leash-leading them teaches obedience and the exclusive time spent with you helps form the dog-owner bond. Also, the more time a dog spends with their owner, the more likely they are to listen to and respect you.
- Furry Friend – Just as spending time with you will have a positive effect on your pet and their training schedule, you’ll experience benefits too! Animals have been proven to lift moods, alleviate stress, and provide comfort to their owners. Dogs can be easily distracted, though, so allotting a special time together on a walk is a great way to get some alone time with your furry friend.
- Walking & Weight – You’d be hard-pressed to find somebody that doesn’t have some sort of weight loss goal. If you’re looking to up your physical fitness, your dog can keep you accountable. If you’ve established a walking routine, your dog will most likely remind you when it’s time to hit the trails. Even though walking isn’t a super high-intensity workout option, it sure does get you moving!
- Need for Nature – It’s a proven fact that nature has a similar effect to having a pet, lowering your levels of stress and anxiety. By having a standing appointment you’re your dog out in nature, you’re choosing to improve your mental (and for some, spiritual) health.
Whether you have a specific goal in mind or just want to get out of the house, walking your dog has endless benefits. Especially with spring just around the corner, we challenge you to go try out a new trail.