Walking Fido Will Benefit Both of You!
The thought of waking up at least 30 minutes early to take your dog for a stroll before work does not necessarily sound appealing.The idea of spending half an hour walking the neighborhood before you can settle onto the couch for the evening may seem like a major hassle in your day. The truth is, that 30 minutes to an hour each day is likely to save you far greater inconveniences when it comes to your pup.
We want all pets to be put on the path to perfect health. Walking your dog daily is one of the simple ways to help your dog stay healthy. Read below about some of the less obvious benefits of walking Fido regularly.
Historically, dogs were bred for specific jobs – hunting, retrieving, guarding and herding. Today’s domesticated dog rarely has much responsibility, leaving little natural opportunity to expend his energy.
You may give your dog unlimited access to the backyard, but he’s most likely not going to do laps on his own. If he does, his normal play activity is still not sufficient exercise.
Adding a brisk 10 to 30 minute walk to your dog’s daily routine can help him use some of that pent up energy. A daily walk burns much of the energy your dog would otherwise focus on digging up the yard, chewing through your shoes or barking incessantly out of boredom.
Dog trainers like to say, “A tired dog is a good dog”. Regular walks are the easiest and most effective way to tire out your dog. When he’s wiped out, your dog is less excitable and likely to sleep better, meaning you’re likely to, as well.
However, walks are not just a tool to tire out your dog. It is also a way to improve Fido’s quality of life and get him thinking. When we are bored, we go to the movies, turn on the television or go play a sport. When your dog is bored, he waits for you to take him on his daily adventure – or walk.
You can also use the walk as an opportunity to improve your pup’s training. You can use the opportunity to teach him how to walk on a leash, sit, stay, etc. It may also be a good opportunity to socialize your dog, as there are generally other dogs walking in nearby neighborhoods as well.
In conjunction with proper diet, regular exercise through walking helps keep your dog’s body weight in line. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention cautions that overweight dogs are at a higher risk for various health concerns. Walking your dog regularly also ensures that you receive daily exercise.
Regular walks help prevent digestive issues, like constipation. Especially when paired with a pet supplement like NuVet Plus, which helps improve digestion.
Dogs who are walked daily are also often more agile and limber. If your dog suffers from hip and joint issues, you may think walking is off the table. However, there are options to help improve your pet’s quality of life. For example, adding a natural hip and joint supplement to their daily diet plan can help suppor their hip and joint health, expand mobility & flexibility, and keep joints lubricated.
Not only do daily walks give you time to bond with your dog, but they build trust and support your role as the pack leader. This one-on-one time also gives your dog the attention he seeks from you without resorting to unruly behaviors.