Every breed requires different levels of activity and motion. Many larger breeds require an hour or more of physical activity, whether it’s all in one go or broken into short segments. Regular walks are a great way to alleviate boredom for both you and your dog too!
A good walk does more than just get your dog out of the house for a little while. It provides an opportunity for exploration and socialization. It gets your dog moving and provides you an opportunity to bond with your dog in a way that’s not just snuggling on the couch or throwing a toy across the room inside your home.
Gives your dog mental and physical stimulation
When you take your dog out, one of the first things they do is put their noses to the ground – the sniffing is one way they find stimulation (both mental and physical), and one way they experience the world. Some call the act of sniffing a hydrant or tree a dog’s way of checking Facebook. It tells them much about the world – and enhances what they see in their world. The mental stimulation is good for your pup’s brain – and it helps to improve their energy levels, powering the physical activity too.
Great way to relieve your dog’s pent up energy
Spending hours and hours inside isn’t the best use of a dog’s energy – particularly if you know you have a breed that requires lots of play and stimulation. Regular walks help them to use up that energy. It helps to keep them slim and trim, and also helps deter destructive behaviors. Sometimes the dog with the best behavior can develop destructive habits – especially if you’re not paying a lot of attention and haven’t had a chance to play enough.
Opportunity for socialization
Your dog may love cuddling with you and being with your family, but they can benefit from social time, just like humans. Socialization is a fantastic thing for dogs – they learn new things, they experience the world, and they meet new dogs and new people! Socialization offers more of that mental stimulation because dogs have to think and follow your training cues as you walk together.
Allows you to work on obedience skills outside of the home
Working on obedience skills can be easier when you’re at home, in a familiar location. But, when you take that training on a walk, it can provide mental stimulation, as your dog focuses to avoid distraction while they listen to you and pay attention to new training cues. Teaching your dog to sit as people come toward them, or to sit and wait at a crosswalk keeps them safe and it keeps the people around you safe too.
If you know that your dog needs more walks and physical activity than you’re able to give currently, the dog walkers at Presidential Pet Care can provide consistent, reliable visits and opportunities for plenty of dog walks for Fido
Presidential Pet Care is a force-free dog walking and pet sitting company located in Northern Virginia that facilitates harmonious relationships between people and their pets. To learn more about our dog walking, pet sitting, field trips or overnights, check out our services page, call us at 571-730-7730 or use our form on our contact page! You can also check out our online store that has a variety of pet products that your pet will love!