Many of us walk our dogs so they get into the habit of relieving themselves outdoors or perhaps to stretch those doggy muscles. But there's more to that as there are so many health and social benefits of dog walking to both you and your dog!
An obvious benefit to both the dogs and dog walker is that walking helps increases metabolism and burn those calories. Dogs love walks and it helps combat weight related diseases such as diabetes, joint degeneration, heart conditions, and even cancer. Even for you!
Improves Mental Health
Dogs evolved from domesticated wolves as herders and hunters. They need exercise and most need to be walked at least once each day, depending on its size, age and breed. Bigger and more active dogs will require more exercise or walks.
Walking helps take your mind off things and reduces stress. Meanwhile, your dogs enjoy the mental stimulation they need and love exploring sights, sound and smells. A mentally happy dog is known to be less bored and less destructive. So walking your dog helps prevent those unfavourable behaviour like excessive chewing, barking and running in circles forever.
Increases Socialising Skills
Sometimes we have a busy routine but by walking your dog, you get to interact with your neighbours and get to know your community more. Walking your dog also helps strengthen the bond between you and your dog. If you're a busy dog parent, you can also hire our dog walking service.
Dogs especially puppies learn to socialise with the outside world by meeting other human and animals. This skill will help them learn to be relaxed and confident in a new environment.
Remember though - be a responsible dog walker by making sure your dog is fully vaccinated, and is on a leash if not trained. Also, make it a habit to carry a doggy bag and clean up after your dog.