The daily dog walk is an incredibly important part of the day for your dog. Not only will it be an exciting point of their daytime routine, but it also provides great health benefits, both physically and mentally. Below we look at five reasons why walking your dog each day is such an important activity to do.
Your dog needs physical exercise
When you walk your dog each day, it is a great way of keeping them fit and active. If your dog maintains a steady, healthy weight, this can help to reduce the chance of them developing a number of health related conditions, including liver disease and diabetes. Walking your dog every day goes a long way to keeping them fit and healthy.
Additionally, walking helps to preserve your dog's muscles and joints, as well as keeping them at a healthy weight - particularly if they are verging on being overweight. Your dog will love the chance to stretch their legs and get some fresh air. At the same time, you should too, as many of the benefits for your dog, will also apply to you.
Walking is great for mental health
Walk anywhere with your dog and you will notice them sniffing anything and everything. The dog walk is their chance to really get some exploration done. As you walk, give your dog the opportunity to have a good smell of their surroundings, at regular points. This will allow them some much needed mental stimulation.
If you can vary your walks a little bit, all the better. New routes, areas or places can offer new excitement to your dog, and stop them from getting used to the same old walk each day.
Walking offers an increase to your dog's confidence
A walk each day will give your dog a great little confidence boost. The whole process of getting ready for the walk, from the time, the picking up of the dog lead, the putting your shoes and jacket on, these little cues all contribute to getting your dog excited for what is to come.
Having a daily routine provides your dog with structure and stability, with this level of predictability going a long way to boosting your dog's confidence. This is particularly the case in shy or fearful dogs. The sense of routine will encourage them to be brave as they know that the walk will be a fun time for them.
A chance to socialise
The chances of meeting other people and other dogs on a dog walk are high (depending on where you live and where you walk!) This exposure to different people, dogs and environments can do wonders for your dog's social skills. By introducing your dog to new people and new situations, you are helping them to build up the confidence to be social with others.
The link between you and your dog will strengthen
A really key reason to walk your dog, is that it will increase the strength of link between them and yourself. It is relatively easy to take your dog out for a walk, and they really will appreciate it and being with you on the exciting outdoors experience they have.
Any time you spend with your dog will increase the strength in bond between you. Quality time such as a dog walk especially so. Your dog will learn to trust and depend on you to provide this one stable source of fun and excitement each day. So don't underestimate the importance of walking your dog each day.