Do I really need to walk my dog?

March 08, 2018

Do I really need to walk my dog?

As the weather turns nicer you may be thinking about getting out more and starting to become active again - well don't forget about your furry friends too! After a long hard winter cooped up inside, they also have cabin fever. It's important to get them out and active again too.

Sure you can let your dog go run around outside in your fenced in yard, but a walk around the neighborhood will provide your dog with both exercise and mental stimulation. He'll be so happy to see his favorite fire hydrant or tree that he hasn't seen in a couple months. Here are just a few great reasons you and your pup should get outside and explore your neighborhood again.

Health

A sedentary pup can quickly become an overweight one, which can bring health problems. Even if your dog is active and playing inside the home - they still need to get out and get some fresh air.

Young dogs need around an hour of daily exercise, but some dogs bred for sports or herding activities may need a lot more. You can create an exercise routine with your dog by walking her, playing inside, or even playing outside in your yard. Remember - dogs don't entertain themselves, so get out there with your pup and give yourself some exercise too!

 

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Training

Another great way to train your dog is by going for a walk. This is an opportunity to teach your dog how to walk on a leash and also how to interact with other animals in the neighborhood.

If you notice fear in your dog around other animals, this may be a great opportunity to take them to a training class to remove some of that anxiety in a controlled environment.

 

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Boredom

That's right - just like you and me your pup gets bored sleeping on your couch all day. They need some entertainment now and then. Just think of how excited they get when you bring that leash out for them. Your dog is dependent on you to help get them out to explore new sights, smells, and sounds of the world. 

Give them a sense of adventure and even explore different parts other than just your own neighborhood. Maybe take them to a local park or just across the street to some place new. You could also take them on a hike with you when the weather cooperates.

 

Dog walking Toronto

 

Walking is one of the best ways to keep your dog healthy and happy year round (yes it's great to get out and walk your dog in the winter too)! 

Are you not able to get out and walk your dog as much as you'd like? There is now a way you can hire dog walkers to walk your dog any time of day! It's great for you and your four-legged friend.

Happy walking!




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