Walking is one of best forms of exercise people of any age can engage in. And, just like humans, dogs can benefit a lot from walking, too.
One of the main benefits a dog can gain from walking is, of course, related to their physical and mental well-being.
Walking regularly strengthens a dog’s muscles and bones. Walking also prevents cases of obesity for dogs. Like people, dogs have a tendency to put on too much weight to the point of being unhealthy if they have no means of burning fats off.
Aside from bettering a dog’s physical health, walking also improves the moods and behaviors of dogs. Walking your dog will greatly decrease its anxiety, stress, and other issues with their behavior. As a matter of fact, sometimes, dogs show unusual or restless behavior because of lack of exercise. Taking them out on a walk can help soothe their restlessness and make them calmer.
Dogs are social beings, and taking them outside can be an excellent way to help them socialize with other dogs or people. Socializing can help make your dog happier, which can result in an improved overall health.
Although walking your dog is generally good for pet, there are some cases when dog walking should be kept to a limit.
These include circumstances such as when your dog isn’t feeling well, is recovering from a sickness or injury, and is too old to walk for a long time.
The exact answer as to whether or not your dog is strong enough to be taken for a walk can be answered by a veterinarian. Ask your vet if your dog is fit for regular walking before taking them outside for long walks.
Typically, for a healthy dog in its prime years, walks ranging from 30 minutes to two hours a day should be enough to keep them in good shape. But keep in mind that there’s no standard length of time you should be walking your dog. When walking with your pet, watch out for telltale signs that your dog is satisfied with the walk and is ready to come home.