dogs need to be walked dailyWith everyone leading such busy lives these days, dogs (and their parents) have had to get used to new living ways. We’re often not at home, and when we are, it’s usually after a hectic day where all we want to do is relax on the couch. However, dogs need to be walked daily, with no exception!

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You should never neglect one task each day is taking your dog for a walk and making sure they get an appropriate amount of exercise. Not only is walking your dog an enjoyable activity for you, but it provides myriad benefits to your fluffy friend. It keeps them fit and healthy both mentally and physically. Besides, if you take your dog out only occasionally, they can be too excited to know how to walk politely. Or the opposite, anxious, because they are not used to the outside world’s sounds and smells.

The Benefits of Daily Walks

1. It’s Good for Their Health

Although it will depend on their breed and individual circumstances, taking your dog for a walk of an appropriate length each day will have a majorly positive impact on their health. Walking your dog provides the same kind of health benefits that walking does for humans — it’s great for our cardiovascular health, promotes good joint health, keeps us in good shape, and produces endorphins that help us feel happy.

Even if you have space at home (for example, a large backyard or garden), you shouldn’t rely only on your dog running around these spaces to give them enough exercise. Your dog will usually need half an hour to one hour of walking each day to obtain the benefits, and it will also keep you healthy too!

2. It’s Quality Bonding Time

Walking your dog is a great opportunity to bond with them and deepen your relationship as ‘packmates.’ Your dog misses you when you’re out at work, so there’s no better way to reward them for being patient than by giving them the outside walk they’ve been waiting for all day! Walking your dog is also a great way to build trust with your furry buddy. When you walk your dog, you get to experience and enjoy exploring and seeing the world – and what could be better than that?

3. They Get to Socialize

Dogs are pack animals and usually love spending time with other dogs, as well as with you! Your dog needs to socialize with other dogs to be mentally healthy. This is especially important when they’re younger. If your dog is less than a year old, it’s vital that you take them out for enough walks so that they can meet other pooches and learn how to behave properly according to the rules of the doggie world.

If you’re worried about your dog’s behavior around other dogs, you can take them to a dog park or a dog daycare center. These places are great for socialization, and your dog will have the opportunity to interact with other dogs under supervision. This will help them learn how to communicate effectively with other dogs and reduce their anxiety. Moreover, taking your dog for a walk in a different environment, like a new park or a hiking trail, can also expose them to new sights and smells, which can be great for their mental stimulation. However, it’s important to keep your dog on a leash during walks to prevent them from running after other animals or people.

It’s essential to keep in mind that dogs have different physical requirements based on their breed and age. Smaller dogs, for instance, don’t need as much exercise as larger dogs. Moreover, senior dogs may have mobility issues, so taking them for a walk may not be a good idea. Therefore, it’s important to consult your veterinarian before starting a daily walking routine with your furry friend. They will provide you with valuable advice on how much exercise your dog requires and whether there are any precautions to take. Additionally, you can take your dog for a walk during the cooler part of the day, especially if they have a thick fur coat. This will prevent them from overheating and getting dehydrated.

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