January is National Walk Your Dog Month! There are numerous benefits to walking your dog. Make walking part of your daily routine this year. Here are just a few good reasons why you should start today.
Dogs need to release energy.
If a dog doesn’t expend extra energy, behavioral issues such as chewing, digging, desire to escape and other negative behaviors can develop. Walking is an excellent way to provide mental and physical stimulation, which can reduce undesirable behaviors.
An exercised dog is also more focused and easier to train than a dog full of energy. During walks, training such as sit, stay, heel and others can be reinforced. If your pet is a puller, the use of certain harnesses can aid in a more pleasurable walking experience.
Dogs are social animals.
Socialization builds your dog's confidence. Walking with your dog gives you the chance to reinforce appropriate interactions with other people and dogs. While on your walk, you can monitor their behavior from the safety of a leash while your dog enjoys all the excitement and stimulation of meeting friends (both human and canine)! Always ensure the acceptance and willingness of other dog owners and their dogs prior to allowing interaction.
Walking is good for your dog's health!
Walking for 30 minutes or more each day can reduce your dog's risk of heart disease and other illnesses as well as improve the digestive health of your pet.
Over half of all dogs suffer with complications from excessive weight. Obesity complicates many diseases like osteoarthritis, diabetes, heart disease and others. Exercise helps prevent and manage chronic diseases by keeping your pet at a healthy weight.
Bonding with your dog.
Setting aside time for you and your furry friend builds trust and respect. Just like us, dogs need love and attention. Going on routine walks with your dog can help strengthen your bond and lead to a long, loving friendship!
SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN WALKING YOUR DOG
Animal Clinics of The Woodlands works with pet parents to make sure that their pet is happy and healthy. If you need to get your pet's vaccines updated or you have concerns about your pet's weight or overall health, make an appointment with one of our caring and highly trained veterinarians!