Does walking your dog help you bond? Surprising Answer

Prevents obesity, joint problems, and other diseases

Regular walks are the best way for puppers to stay in shape. Walks help with obesity and keep a dogs joints in top condition. Regular exercise can help prevent your dog from developing common joint conditions like arthritis and hip dysplasia. Walking promotes a healthy heart and can even help prevent serious health problems like cardiovascular disease.

The bond between you and your pupper comes naturally when you spend time walking and admiring the beauty of the great outdoors. Dog walking is an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your dog in a new environment, creating lasting memories for you and your mutt. Plus, walking around in new situations will help you understand your dogs “pawsonality” a little better.

How does walking keep my dog healthy?

Walking your dog is a simple task that has a positive impact on many aspects of overall health such as:

Weight and Body Condition. Obesity is a major health issue, but barring medical complications, it has a reasonable solution: burn more calories than consumed. Regular exercise, like walking, is a good way to burn those excess calories and keep the pounds off – for both you and your dog.

Joint Health. Immobility is another common health problem. Joints, even old ones, need to work. People and pets get stiff when sedentary for too long, and keeping joints in motion improves their function.

Digestive and Urinary Health. Regular walking helps regulate the digestive tract. Some dogs, like some people, prefer to “go” on a schedule, and providing your dog with routine trips outdoors prevents constipation. Also, when urine sits in the bladder for long periods of time, bladder infections are more likely to occur, so regular emptying keeps this part of the anatomy happy as well.

Of course, it is important to consult your doctor and your veterinarian before embarking on an exercise program.

Walking Helps with Your Dog’s Socialization

While out walking, your pooch is most likely going to meet other dogs. This is a great opportunity to help your dog learn acceptable ways of socially interacting with new animals. It will also help build doggy confidence so your pet will be less afraid to make friends. If your dog does show fear, taking them to a training class is a great way of removing that anxiety in a more controlled environment. Well-socialized pups still like a bit of rough-and-tumble play with other dogs when out for a walk, but they’ll know when to stop and will come away without any battle scars. Walking your dog and exposing him or her to different dogs, people, and situations is a win for everyone.

What Happens If You DON’T take your DOG for a WALK? ❌

Walking your dog is about so much more than just “potty breaks.” Walking your dog provides mental stimulation, physical exercise, chances for socialization, and opportunities for behavioral training. Moreover, it gets both of you out and about while helping to grow the bond you have with your dog.