I love pets, and in particular, I love dogs. There has always been one around me or my family for as long as I can remember. There are awesome stories about the unconditional love of our furry friends towards their owners, or how these wonderful animals can help people, like company dogs for blind people or the recent event of Mexico quake where a Labrador dog (Frida) become famous for finding people who were trapped behind all the rubbish of the fallen buildings.
But having a dog means we have a responsibility with our pet. It has needs that we need to fulfill in order that we can have a happy pet and in return, having a bond with it that can be very rewarding. If you have kids then the benefits will be greater, your kids will learn to respect and love animals and this will make them more empathic to the people that surround them.
One of the needs that dogs have is to walk outside of the home, and this can be very beneficial not only for your dog but for you or anyone that takes the dog for walking.
The top benefits of walking your dog for you and for your pet are:
Improve you and your dog´s mental and physical health
There are countless of information about the benefits of doing exercise, and taking a 30-minute walk is very good for your health, and if you do it with your dog it will receive the same benefits. Also getting out of your confined space makes your dog very happy, and did you know that walking can help people reduce or eliminate stress or depression? As you can see not only your dog can have a benefit for taking a walk, also the person that takes your pet out will feel better and healthier.
Keeping a good diet and doing exercise are the only two ways to start losing weight, so taking a 30-minute walk can do wonders for your health, and our dog´s health will also improve, they need to do exercise in order to keep them fit, and if your dog has been sterilized then the exercise is a must. Have you seen fat dogs and how much unnatural that is? If you think that they are happy this way then you are very wrong, they are happy when they do dog´s things like getting out to explore the world, to smell and to see.
If you want to start a weight loss regime, then exercise is a must, and it is more easy for you to commit to starting walking on a daily basis if you have a second goal like taking your dog out.
Improve the digestive system
There is an old habit that my grandparents always did and advise to do, take a walk after eating to improve your digestion. Is this true? Well, scientists have made some studies and the results are as follows:
Taking a walk after a meal helps to reduce glucose on blood, reducing the risk of a heart problem and diabetes.
It stimulates your midsection making for a faster bowel movement
So it really is good to take a walk for improving your digestion, especially after a big meal. And don´t think that these same benefits don’t apply to your dog, so go and grab a leash and take a walk with your fur friend.
Helps to avoid destructive behavior
Do you have small kids or know someone that does? Or maybe your kids are bigger now, but you did go through this phase. Small kids have A LOT OF energy, they are always running, jumping, grabbing things, etc., but if you take your kid to the park, for example, he/she will run and jump until is tired and after returning home your child will be quieter. Exactly the same happens to your dog, they need to discharge all of their energy in order to keep a stable behavior.
There are some dog breeds that have more energy than others, like German Sheppard, Doberman, and Dalmatia. Also, small dogs have a lot of energy too.
The same applies to you, after a 30-minute walk you will have use energy that if not given a proper direction can lead to unwanted actions.
Enhance your bond with your dog and win your pet´s trust.
Dogs love to take a walk, and the person that takes them out will be a very important one for them, they will relate you with the walking activity. Also, by controlling and using the leash correctly you will be teaching your dog how to behave in certain conditions. Try to teach your dog how to take a walk without pulling.
While taking a walk with your dog there is a high probability that you will find some other people doing the same thing, and dogs love to smell, play with new fur friends. It is very important for them to learn how to socialize with other dogs, you can avoid some very unwanted behaviors, like being aggressive to other dogs. This is better if you take a walk with your dog as soon as you can if your dog is a puppy it will learn to socialize with other dogs more easily.
And of course, you will have the opportunity to meet new people in this process, if you are single you may find a person of your opposite gender walking his / her dog, and who knows, probably you will share more than your love for dogs ¡¡¡
Letting your dog being a … dog
When you take a walk with your dog it will start doing dog stuff, like smelling any place where other dogs may have walked, and by saying “hello” to them by peeing where they walked by, and if your dog is a male, they love to “mark” territory.
In order to take a walk with your dog, you will need a leash. If you don´t have one or you just want or need to change it please read my article
As you can see, not only you will be making your dog healthier and happier, but you will also be healthier and happier when you walk with your dog. Dogs can be wonderful friends, and when they join a family they become part of that family.
Please let me know your experiences from walking with your dog in the comments section.