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Why Walking Your Dog Should Become A Daily Habit

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Growing up I always viewed walking the dog as a chore. It wasn’t something I enjoyed and only did it because my parents made me.  With that being said, our dog didn’t get walked nearly as much as he should’ve. Ironically as I got a little older I became the neighborhood dog walker. But I was only doing that so I could save up money for a TV.  So why should walking your dog become a daily habit? Well, there are a couple reasons.

One huge reason is socialization. Keeping a dog well socialized will make your life a whole lot easier. The goal with socialization is to get your dog well versed with anything and everything that it will come across in life. The idea is that you want to pair those things that he comes across with something good like a tasty treat. I know unfortunately one thing that happens is that a dog acts a little on the wild side, the human doesn’t want to deal with it, or physically can’t control it anymore and the walks stop. When the walks stop then it is way worse the next random time a walk happens. The more frequently the dog gets walked the less of a big deal it is and the less crazy he will act.

Also, all the smells and sights are a big part of the walk. They fall into the socialization category but also into the mental stimulation category. Mental stimulation is something that also makes the human’s life much easier. It is said that 10 minutes of mental exercise/stimulation is equivalent to about 30 minutes of physical exercise. This happens on the walk because the dog is taking in all this new information in the form of sights and smells.

Walking your dog also falls into the physical exercise category. While just a leisure walk may not be sufficient for most dogs, it certainly helps the cause. But as I mentioned above it has built in mental stimulation/exercise.  By combining mental and physical exercise it will tire your dog out quicker. This is just another reason why making walking a daily habit will help.

Finally, you should make walking your dog a daily habit because it’s good for your health. A decently paced walk is good for the heart. It is also good for all the muscles involved in making the walk happen.

If walking your dog is currently a challenge I recommend investing in a good harness. (e.g. Freedom Harness, Easy Walk Harness) I also recommend doing some training.

The video below shows how I do it:

Kevin is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT.org)  and is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator through the American Kennel Club. He currently resides in Ohio with his dog, V, a six-year-old Shepherd/Lab mix, where he operates All Dogs Go To Kevin, LLC, specializing in helping build positive relationships between humans and their canine companions using clear communication, not pain and fear. For more training tips and tricks, and to meet his amazing dog, V,  follow him on Facebook by clicking here.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Avatar Of Shawn

    Shawn

    says:

    My three get daily morning walks. One of the big bennies for daily walking is no more stressful nail clippings! Daily walks keep their nails to a perfect length. I’ve literally NEVER had to have their nails trimmed. Oh and in regards to the question about walking on hot concrete, I live in Phoenix. We do early morning walks. For me, if the concrete is too hot to place my palm down, then it’s too hot for my dogs and we wait or go to the park with lots of grass 😉

  2. Avatar Of Rev. Col. K.d. Frazier

    Rev. Col. K.D. Frazier

    says:

    Do dogs need shoes to walk on the concrete sidewalks during the summer months etc … ? I’m in Florida …

  3. Avatar Of Rosa M. Vasquez

    Rosa M. Vasquez

    says:

    We’re lucky enough to live in the Sierra foothills on 5 acres. Our two dogs race each other around the property and sometimes chase deer, squirrels and turkeys. The animals all seem to know how to get away easily enough, so no worries.
    When we travel, we have good leashes!

  4. Avatar Of Joe Hoffman Joe Hoffman says:

    We have three dogs and at least two get a walk but most days two walks of at least 1/2 hour each. The third dogs doesn’t go as much as she is thirteen and she picks and chooses when she wants to go. Of course it depends on the weather. We live in Michigan and last winter was a real challenge what with all the extreme cold and snow we had. But even in winter we try to get out as often as possible. All the things you mentioned are the reasons we go and also for me it’s the entertainment value too. Sometimes I have to stop because I laughing so hard at how they react to something.

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