Alarmingly, up to 60 percent of dog owners do not walk their dogs regularly. Some owners think a backyard is an excuse to not walk their dog, but this isn't sufficient.
- Reduces destructive behaviour
You can prevent most destructive behaviour with appropriate mental stimulation and exercise. Dogs should be walked around 30-60minutes daily. On your walk, allow your dog to absorb its environment for more stimulation. You can also vary your walks with different paces, dog parks, training and dog games. A tired but happy dog is an excellent way to leave the house; if your dog is tired, he won’t be bored and there will be less time to destroy things!
As well as the mental health benefits for dogs, it will also keep them in shape. As expected, dogs that are walked less regularly are more likely to be overweight. According to the RSPCA, a national survey has found more than 40 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. If your pet is overweight, transition into a regular exercise routine.
Dog walking is also beneficial for the owner – it will reduce your risk of diabetes, hypertension, depression and cardiovascular disease.
After your puppy has been fully vaccinated, the vet would have stressed the significance of socialising. Puppies getting exposed to other dogs’ behaviour is key to their development. Unfortunately, if your dog is not socialised, it may also hinder you from wanting to go to the dog park or walk your dog. The more exposure your dog gets, the better it becomes. It is harder for older dogs who haven’t been socialised as a puppy, but it is never too late. If you are concerned, talk to your veterinarian, see if there is a local obedience training club near you or watch videos on Youtube for assistance.
- Strengthens the bond with your dog
It is suggested that humans that walk their dogs regularly have a closer connection with their pal. It gives you a chance to spend quality time together and make memories. For a better experience, try and be present during that walk.
Think about your dog...
Would you like to be left at home most days? Would you like to look at the same environment every day? It would become quite boring, hence why some destructive behaviour may creep in. Think about all the benefits for you and your dog and think about their happy face when they have finished a session outside…there is nothing better.
If you don’t walk your dog regularly, it is never too late to get moving!
Exercise is a responsibility of being a good dog pawrent. Things can be busy, but there is always time, either in the morning, evening or both. If you start to develop a routine, your dog will hold you accountable and will be patiently waiting for his walk!
Let me know how frequently you walk your furry fur-end in the comments below!