The Benefits of Walking Your Dog

Now that the warm weather will be returning in no time at all, you are probably looking forward to spending some time with your furry pal outdoors. After all, there are few things that pet owners hate more than having to take their dogs for walks on the coldest days of winter. And therefore, they look forward to those dog days of summer that allow them to spend more quality time with their pet. If this sounds like you, then we are happy you are looking forward to those dewy summer night walks with your dog, and we also have some great news. Walking your dog is not only good for them, but it is also good for you. In this post, we are going to discuss the many benefits to walking your dog so that you can have even more motivation to put your best pal on a leash and out for a walk this summer.

Burn Off Extra Energy

Dogs need to channel their energy in one way or another. If you can help them do this by taking them on regular walks or runs, you’re going to be doing both you and your pet a favor. Without going on walks, dogs with high energy are hard to deal with at times. The hyperactivity that comes with being sedentary the majority of the time often leads to nighttime activity, bad behavior like jumping, and even becoming destructive, chewing up things in your home. Regular walks will allow for your dog to use this energy in healthy ways.

Spend Time Bonding

Your dog really does want to have as much quality time with you as possible. When a pup doesn’t get enough attention, they will often resort to attention-seeking behaviors like jumping, barking, or nipping. When you take your dog for regular walks, you will increase the bond you and your dog have and limit the amount of bad behavior your pet has to result to.

Training & Socialization

There are few better ways to work on your dog’s training than to take them on a walk. Not only can you use this time to practice common commands like “come and ‘heel” but you can also teach your pet to bond with other animals and humans that you come across on your walk.

Increasing Trust

There will be times when you don’t have the perfect experience walking your dog. However, if you do happen to have a less-than-desirable situation occur on a walk, ie. a car drive by and honks scaring your pet or you come across another animal that isn’t very friendly, these are perfect opportunities to increase trust between you and your dog. Simply take a minute or two to calm your dog down and tell him or her that everything is going to be okay. This will undoubtedly strengthen your pet’s trust in you.

Physical & Mental Stimulation

When left alone for most of the day, dogs will get bored. There are some things you can do to ensure your pet stays entertained throughout the day, but taking your dog for a walk is the very best way to keep your pet happy.

Exploring Instincts

Dogs naturally want to check out their surroundings. However, once they become familiar with their normal surroundings, they often want to expand their territory and explore beyond. When you take your dog for regular walks, this will satisfy this need in them. This also means that given the chance to bolt from your home, your dog will likely pass as he or she knows that they will be able to explore soon while on their walk.

Gastrointestinal Health

When you walk your dog often, you are sure to help out their gastrointestinal health. Walking is known to quite literally keep things moving, preventing constipation.

Weight Management

If your dog is a bit overweight, you can bet that taking him or her on a walk is going to aid in getting those extra pounds off. Not only will you be able to help your dog to drop some weight but you will also be aiding in your and their overall health which will lend to you two being able to spend many more years together.

Need A Leash For Your Pet?

If you are ready to get walking with your pet, you’re going to need the right leash to make the experience as perfect as possible. We sell a number of fantastic leashes in the Waggin’ Tails online store! Check out our selection today and find the perfect leash for your dog!