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5 Benefits of Dog Walking

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Dog walking in general has many benefits to both the dog and its owner. While it is common sense that dogs need to be walked and taken outside so that they do not soil the owner’s home, there are 6 more things that come with dog walking that are not obvious at first.

1) Socialization

Taking your dog out for a walk in the neighborhood or some parks allows the dog to become familiar with his environment.

This will help the dog when the time comes that he must defend his home and meet the new surroundings and people he is used to.

A walk also lets the dog explore the new environment that he is in and test himself. He can smell new smells and tastes, see new sights, and meet new people and other dogs.

This is important because a properly socialized dog will be better able to understand and cope with new and unusual situations that he is exposed to.

2) Exercise

If you have a dog that has been on a daily walk for years now and is just now starting to run a few errands with his owner, you may notice that the dog is beginning to gain excess energy.

While getting the exercise he needs, he is likely to run and play with you. This is because the two of you are getting healthier and happier and have new experiences in common.

This is a healthy cycle that will continue.

3) Bonding

The dog gains a sense of companionship from you. This affects your dog’s self-esteem greatly.

If a dog is left on his own for many hours, he may not have any motivation to get up and play with you.

On the other hand, if you take your dog for a walk every day, he will become more sociable and wagging his tail at the sight of you before you even realize what is happening.

4) Learning

If you say something to a dog and he reacts to it – he is probably listening to you all the time. However, if you say something to a dog and he does not reacts and tries to ignore you – you can try to get his attention with a little treat.

He will probably not remember what you said after you’ve told him twice, three times, or four times. But if some goodies are involved he might pay more attention.

However, if you take your time and maintain eye contact with your dog, your dog will remember the conversation and give you his reaction after a few seconds.

5) Interaction

One of the main reasons dogs bark is too much interaction with people. Dogs that are left alone for long periods of time become lonely and bored.

They may need some companionship and will bark until someone comes to their rescue. Conversely, dogs that spend a lot of time with their owners will learn that they have been annoying their owners by barking too much.

Some owners take this responsibility very seriously. As a dog owner, you must ensure that your dog gets all the human interaction he needs. Regularly walking your dog will lead to more interactions with other dogs and dog owners.

If you work full-time and your dog is tied up in a crate for long periods of time, hire a dog walker to break his daily routine.

If this is not possible for you, consider a companion for your dog or try to get another family member involved.

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