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    Benefits of Walking your Dog

    Benefits of Walking your Dog

    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!


    Weight Control


    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.

    5 Ways to Calm your Hyperactive Dog

    5 Ways to Calm your Hyperactive Dog

    Does your dog constantly digs up the garden, doing circles, jumps onto you, chews everything in sight, or is just being overly-excited all the time? This behaviour in dogs, also what is known as hyperactivity, is usually due to boredom or lack of exercise and stimulation. So we've done the groundwork and listed 5 popular ways to calm your hyperactive dog for you to try.

     

    1. Exercise, exercise, exercise

    As the saying goes, “a tired dog is a good dog”. A dog must have its exercise everyday, be it a walk, a swim, or a game of fetch. The walk doesn't have to be fast-paced but the rule of thumb is that bigger dogs will require more exercise. Once your dog has released those pent-up energy, it will be less frustrated and instead, be more pleasantly exhausted to be misbehaving.


    If you are usually away or don't have the time, you can hire a dog walker or even consider pet boarding or sitting with someone qualified, so your dog can properly chanel that high energy the right way.

     

    2. Have a routine

    Dogs thrive on routines. When dogs know what to expect in its life, it will be less insecure and thus, calmer. A simple routine like a morning walk + training, and evening walk + playtime for example, is good enough so long you are consistent!

     

    3. Obedience-train your dog

    Simple cues like ‘sit, come, and stay’ can take you and your dog a long way. Not only your dog learn some manners, you can distract a hyper dog by commanding it to some of your cues. The more you break its hyper state of mind, the more chances for it to learn to be calm. Obedience training also stimulates your dog's brain, which is another reason for your dog to be less bored (as boredom contributes to hyperactivity).

     

    4. Ignore your dog's hyper behaviour

    A contrasting method to no.3 above, is the ‘no touch, no talk, no eye contact’ approach. As dogs seek attention from their owners, you'll need to teach your dog what behaviour is not acceptable when wanting attention, by ignoring the behaviour you want to eliminate. Once your dog is calm, reward your dog.

     

    5. It certainly helps to be calm

    Your emotions can be reflected onto your dog so if you're not calm, your dog will probably not be calm too.


    Remember - chances are that your dog wasn't born hyperactive, therefore it's not an overnight effort to reverse this behaviour. Consistency is key! Persevere and you will see a change.