Baby Barkley LOVES his daily walks with Walkies!!!
If you don’t already know it, we are fanatical about the health of your pet (we also care about yours by the way). I have seen first hand in myself AND my pets the health and wellness daily walking and exercise brings. Not only is it good for them and us physically BUT also emotionally…not to mention the amazing smiles they get on their little faces.
Here are only the TOP 10 Health Benefits of Daily Dog Walks…Enjoy!
#10 Helps Keep Pets Healthy
Keeps your pet healthy, agile, and limber of course, duh. BUT it also helps keep your dog’s nails trimmed down and joints nice and lubricated.
#9 Helps with Weight Control
An overweight pet is not a healthy pet! Proper diet and a daily dose of exercise will keep your dog at an ideal weight. Dogs at healthy weights breathe better, feel better, can have less health problems and can live longer than overweight dogs.
#8 Helps the Digestive System
Can aid in relieving constipation! Getting the body moving gets things IN the body moving!
#7 Burns off Steam!
Can help to alleviate extra energy…I mean it’s the same thing as when Mom’s take their toddlers to the park. They let them run around like banshees and then BOOM! Peaceful night’s rest for all.
#6 Makes Them Smile!
Ever see how happy your dog is after a walk? Just like you smile after a nice time you have, your dog will too.
#5 Gives Them A Job
Practicing commands on every walk is like a daily “job” for dog…which they LOVE. Dogs ALL like to have a job to do. They like to feel like they have done something with their day and practicing commands on their walk is a perfect way to give them that sense of accomplishment. Asking them do “sit” at corners is asking them to do a task, then rewarding them with more walk and fun makes them feel great about themselves. It also gives them more practice!
#4 Tires Them Out
Gets rid of pent up energy so your dog [and YOU] can enjoy some R&R…
#3 Overall Better Behavior
Dogs that go on daily walks generally behave better. Dogs THRIVE on consistency and when their bodies and brains get used to walking around the same time every day they have something to look forward to (like their body sets it’s own clock in some cases), and then their body calms down after. It’s so cool!
#2 Tires Them Out Part 2
More than physical activity, mental stimulation tires dogs out- fast! It’s true. Dogs that spend too much time indoors with just a few potty runs a day are more likely to misbehaved than those with a daily exercise regimen. Why? Because a dog’s brain needs stimulation too. They are smarter than you think. They need to look around, sniff and investigate. On days that the weather is bad, play “brain stimulating games for dogs” (just google that for ideas). If your dog is EXTRA wild, combine a daily walk with daily games and you will see a significant change in your dog’s hyperactivity level.
#1 YOU Get and Stay Healthy too
The single most important thing to your dog is YOU. By taking walks with him every day not only can you stay healthy, but you also build an amazing bond with your dog that you both will benefit from. Taking care of yourself with daily exercise and a healthy diet is one of the greatest things you can do. Give yourself and your dog 30 minutes a day, cell phone free and get out there and explore. You and your dog will have a great time walking and chatting.