A WALKED DOG IS A HAPPY DOG
By Girl & the Dog
Many dogs enjoy lounging on the sofa as much as their people, and sometimes it is easy to forget that they need to exercise. Your lazy dog might seem satisfied to stick around the house, but it is up to you to get him up and moving for the sake of his health. One of the best exercises for dogs is simple walking. Here are the top ten reasons your dog needs to be walked.
1. Your Dog Will Remain Trimmer
Dogs that don’t get enough exercise can carry too much extra weight, and this can lead to diseases including canine diabetes. Walking is an ideal way to burns off calories from those extra doggie treats.
2. It is Excellent for Heart Health
Like people, dogs can suffer from heart ailments. Exercise helps keep the heart and circulatory system healthier. Walking is a gentle aerobic exercise that increases the heart rate and helps make the heart muscle stronger.
3. Dogs Were Meant to Move
Your dog curled up in his little bed might not seem it, but dogs come from a long line of hunters, fetchers, swimmers, herders and rescuers. Dogs are not built for a sedentary life. They do best and feel the best when they get to move around.
4. Better Bowel Function
Exercises like walking stimulate and increase blood flow to all the organs, including the bowels. It is like giving the bowels a gentle, healthy massage. This can help keep your dog regular and prevent constipation.
5. Walking Outdoors Stimulates the Brain
All animals need sensory stimulation to develop and maintain healthy brains. Dogs are no exception to this rule. A dog that goes on walks regularly will be a smarter and happier dog.
6. Your Dog will be Less Anxious
Exercise helps relieve excess tension and promotes healthy glandular function. This means that dogs that are walked tend to be calmer in general than those who are not walked, and they often sleep better.
7. Better Behavior on Outings
Dogs that get to go on walks tend to associate getting out of the home with pleasant things. This can mean that getting your dog ready to go visit the vet or to visit grandma becomes easier. Nervousness associated with leaving the security of the home is lessened when dogs understand that the outside world can be filled with fun things.
8. Improved Muscle Tone
Most dogs don’t have a gym membership, and even if you have a nice big yard, it is likely your dog won’t get enough exercise to develop a well-toned physique. Muscle tone is important not because he cares about looking handsome to other dogs but because muscle tone helps stabilize bones and joints. This stabilizing effect can prevent dislocations and other problems down the road.
9. Less Aggression
Aggression is one of the most serious behavior disorders in dogs. In some cases, aggressive behaviors arise because a dog is restless and bored. Getting walked helps these dogs work off extra tension and receive the sensory stimulation they crave, which can make them calmer.
10. Develop Better Social Skills
During a walk, a dog is exposed to many different sights and scents, including those of other animals. He can learn to get used to these new scents and be less excitable around other dogs.
When you have added walks to your dog’s schedule, you should start seeing improvement in her mood, and even health, in just a matter of weeks. This is especially noticeable in dogs who were previously couch potatoes. Remember that even most elderly dogs can benefit from an occasional stroll, so don’t hesitate encouraging your senior pup to join in on the fun.