The benefits of a midday walk for your dog are numerous!
If you’re at work all day, consider hiring a dog walker to take your dog out during those hours. Your pet will enjoy the company, and you’ll come home to a happier dog waiting to greet you. With this insight, you’ll never look at a walk with your dog the same way again!
Provides exercise and mental stimulation
Walking your dog
regularly provides a basic foundation for physical and mental
health. Like a child, your dog wants to know the world. If he or she
is confined to the house for too long, your dog will get bored, and
boredom can lead to destructive behavior. Your dog is dependent on
you to take them out to explore the sights, smells, and sounds of
the world. This is why it’s also good to vary the places you take
your pet as dog much as possible. You’ve probably noticed how busy
(and excited) your dog gets when he or she is walking, so let them
enjoy every opportunity to discover!
Walking is good for your dog’s health
Remember, too, that a
sedentary pooch can quickly become an overweight one, and that
brings potential health problems with it. Even if your dog is active
inside the home, he or she still needs another outlet for pent-up
energy. You’ll benefit from having a well-exercised dog, as tired
dogs tend to behave better, and you’ll help your pet avoid
unnecessary weight gain!
Walking helps with your dog’s socialization
While out walking, your pooch is most likely going to meet other dogs. This is a great opportunity to help your dog learn acceptable ways of socially interacting with new animals. It will also help build doggy confidence so your pet will be less afraid to make friends. If your dog does show fear, taking them to a training class is a great way of removing that anxiety in a more controlled environment. Well-socialized pups still like a bit of rough-and-tumble play with other dogs when out for a walk, but they’ll know when to stop and will come away without any battle scars. Walking your dog and exposing him or her to different dogs, people, and situations is a win for everyone.
An Opportunity to reiterate training and learn walking manners
When walking your dog, we consider it an opportunity to reiterate any training. Dogs aren’t born knowing how to walk on a leash, so you’ll have to teach your dog how to follow your lead. On our walks, will reiterate commands like, “sit,” and "heel" when requested. We will also seek to have your pup walk to one side of us, sitting before crossing busy streets, and while locking and unlocking doors.