February 13, 2020
Walking your dog is about so much more than just taking them for a bathroom break. Walking your dog provides mental stimulation, physical exercise, chances for socialization, and opportunities for behavioral training. Moreover, it gets both of you out and about while helping to grow the bond you have with your dog. If you are working a 9-5 this is not always possible.
Dog Walking Provides Exercise and Mental Stimulation
Walking your dog regularly provides a basic foundation for physical and mental health for your pet. Like a child, your dog wants to know the world. If they are confined to your home or even their own yard 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 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 second. If you do not have the time this is where a dog walker can help.
Walking is Good for Your Dog’s Health
Remember, too, that a dog that does not get much activity can quickly become overweight, 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 the extra 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 dog is most likely going to meet others which creates a great opportunity to help your dog learn acceptable ways of socially interacting with other animals. It will also help build their confidence so your pet will be less afraid to make friends in social situations.
Walking Your Dog with a Dog Walker is a Training Opportunity
When walking your dog, consider it a training opportunity. 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 these walks, you can begin teaching commands like, “sit,” “stay,” and “heel,” especially if you take treats along to use during the process. We communicate with you to see what your training methods are to make sure there is consistency.
Just Walking Your Dog May Not be Enough
Exercise needs are based on your dog’s age, breed, size, and overall health, but a good rule of thumb is you should spend at least 30 minutes every day on an activity with your dog. Younger dogs and dogs bred for sports or herding activities may need much more. So, we can only do so much but we can help take the edge off. Their life needs to be well balanced and a dog walker is a part of creating that.
Consider a Dog Walker
If you’re at work all day, consider taking your dog to doggie daycare, hiring a dog walker or asking a friend 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.