We all know that it is beneficial for humans to exercise…so it would make sense that it’s the same for our canine companions. Here are five health benefits for our furry friends when it comes to dog walking.
1. Dog walking helps with weight control. An overweight pet is not a healthy pet. A dog that is at a healthy weight can live one or two years longer than a dog that is overweight.
2. Dog walking also helps the digestive system. This can relieve any issues your pet may have with constipation. Many pets that don’t get enough exercise have issues with constipation.
3. Dog wakling can help with destructive behavior. I think this is a big one!! No one wants a destructive pet. Boredom causes destructive behavior. Plain and simple. You will find that once you have your dog out walking that behavior will go away or will significantly diminish. Metro Pup SA knows that our client's schedules are busy so consider hiring us as your dog walker.
4. Dog walking also allows for your pooch to be out and about and socialize with the public and it's surroundings. This doesn’t mean that they need to “meet and greet” every dog and person they see. It’s just a chance to be out and see and react to different things. As a dog walker, I typically don’t let the dogs that I care for interact directly with other dogs or people (for safety reasons) but they still get the chance to be dogs, sniff around, and see different things on each individual dog walk.
5. It takes a lot of mental energy for your dog to go dog walking. You may think of it as simply a dog walk, but there are so many things that are encountered on each dog walk. A squirrel running across the sidewalk, a child playing in the yard or a dog barking across the road. This is a lot of work for a dog…resisting all of these temptations. Watching and listening to those things and also focusing on commands that we give your pet at the same time is a lot of mental energy for a dog.
I cannot take credit for this quote…I read it somewhere but I would like to share it.
“The way to a dog’s heart is through the walk.” I think this is so true. I have a very close relationship with all of my dogs that I walk and I think it’s because of this…the time during the dog walk that we share everyday.