We all know that walking your dog is a good exercise for both of you. However, did you know that almost 40% of dog owners do not actually take their dogs out for a walk?
Walking your dog may seem more as a task, and some dog owners feel the same way. Some say they don’t walk their dogs regularly because of the reason that they don’t have time to do it. Others are simply not fond of the idea of walking their dogs.
As owners, it is one of our responsibilities to make sure our dogs get their daily dose of exercise. There are many reasons why you should start walking your dog. In this article, you’d learn the many benefits that walking does for you and your pooch.
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- Walking your dog is one way for you and your dog to exercise. Physical well-being is one of our responsibilities. One way to do this is by making sure our canine buddies get the chance to do physical activities such as walking. It helps maintain strong muscles, healthy lungs, and his overall fitness.
- It helps you and your dog learn how to socialize. Dogs are social creatures, and one proof is their need to always have their owner’s attention. Walking your dog is critical in the early stages of life in order for them to reduce anxiety caused by the presence of other humans as well as dogs. They’ll be able to learn how to socialize, act, behave and play nice while around other people and animals. The same goes for you. You get to meet new people and dogs on the way.
- Walking your dog helps build self-confidence. With their freedom and ability to use their different senses while they are out walking with you, they are able to learn many things. Exposing them to different environments, scenes and situations will reduce anxiety and fearfulness.
- Walks help drain your dog’s excessive energy. Ever wonder why your dog is restless and antsy? Did your dog suddenly went from a well-behaved pooch to a destructive one who constantly barks, whines or chews on everything? Then your dog might be trying to burn off its extra energy by doing chewing on your things. Help your dog use that extra energy with a productive activity – by walking.
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