01 Apr Why Walking Your Dog Should be a Habit
Walking your dog isn’t just keeping your dog healthy, it is a great opportunity for both of you to boost mental and physical health. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, exercise not only helps dogs burn calories, but it stimulates their minds. When dogs aren’t bored they tend to have less destructive behaviors. See, fun and games with your pet can create to happier pets and owners. Furthermore, over 60 % of the United States pet population is overweight or obese according to Dr. Katy Nelson, who is the host of The Pet Show with Dr. Katy. With that in mind, here are several reasons why walking your dog should become a daily habit.
Walking Promotes Weight Control and Digestive Health
Being overweight is just as unhealthy for your pet as it is for your pet. Regular exercise can help keep your pet limber, agile and fit. Not only that, your pet’s digestive health is supported by walking as it aids in relieving constipation.
Helps Alleviate Destructive Hyperactivity and Behavior
Most dogs were bred with a purpose in mind whether it’s to be a working dog, a herder or a hunter, they were meant to have a job. Many of our dogs no longer have the privilege of filling these roles and do not receive the outlet they need to get rid of all their pent up energy. This often leads to boredom, hyperactivity and destructive behavior. If they do not have something constructive to do, they will get their paws into just about anything. Taking a walk in the evening will help alleviate pent up energy and relax your dog just in time for bedtime.
Creates a Stronger Bond
Spending time with your dog is very important for developing your dog’s behavior. Walking on a daily basis helps strengthen your bond and also helps build a trusting relationship. After all, he or she depends on you.
Taking walks with your timid or fearful dog around the neighborhood can help him or her build confidence and trust. Taking walks gives your furry friend an opportunity to meet other humans and animals which will help with adapting to new or intimidating events.
Walking is Good for You Too
You might have felt like walking your dog was a chore at the beginning of reading this article, but walking isn’t just great for your dog, it is great for you too! Getting outdoors with your pooch has tremendous psychological and physical benefits. Studies have shown that spending time outdoors can increase your overall sense of well-being as well as improve cognition and memory. Walking can help lower blood pressure, aid in depression, strengthen your bones and even reduce your risk of getting diabetes. You might even loose a few pounds!
So, what are you waiting for? Grab that leash and let’s go!
Central Pet Care wants the very best for you and your pooch. That is why we recommend keeping them active to maintain proper fitness. If you have concerns that your dog may be out of shape, take our BARC Quiz to gauge their fitness level. Our goal is to be there for your pets and offer the highest quality of pet care. Contact us with any questions or to schedule your next appointment.