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The importance of the walk

16 Feb
The importance of the walk
Most people know that if you have a dog, you should walk it. It’s general knowledge that walking your dog is good, but how important is it really? Your dog probably isn’t terribly behaved, so why do you have to walk him?

Imagine yourself in his shoes for a moment. He is either stuck in your house or back yard every single day and the closest exercise he gets is chasing a ball back and forth. I don’t know about you but I would definitely lose my mind if I were that dog.

Lack of exercise is actually the leading cause of all problem behaviors! Does your dog bark constantly? Does he jump up on every single person without fail? Does he destroy things in your house or dig in your yard? All of these behaviors have a root cause, and it’s usually lack of exercise. I ask every single one my clients who is having constant trouble with their dog, “Are you exercising him? How often are you taking him on walks, jogs, or runs?” Their answer is always the same. Either they aren’t taking him out at all or they take him out every once in a while. I cannot stress enough how important it is to take your dog on walks every single day!

Now some people get lucky with a dog who doesn’t have to go on walks because she’s more laid back than the average dog. If you have one of these dogs, it does NOT make you and your dog an exception. Just because your dog is not destructive and doesn’t have any problem behaviors, doesn’t mean she won’t benefit from walking.

Taking your dog on a walk every day is an essential part of being a dog owner.

Taking your dog on a walk has MANY advantages.

Your dog will be calmer and better behaved. 

Your dog will have a longer and healthier life. 

Your dog will respect you more and have a stronger bond with you. 

Your dog will become well socialized with people and other dogs.

There are many other advantages but those are just a few.

I hope that this quick post will have encouraged you to start walking with your dog every day! Make it a routine and a part of your schedule. It will even help those who want to get in shape to stay motivated too! If you set aside time every day to spend walking, jogging, or running with your dog, both you and your pooch will live a much healthier, more enjoyable, and easier life!

As I tell all of my clients, as much as you can afford to walk your dog, do it! If you want to go on several walks a day, even better!

If you are wondering how to have a successful walk without pulling, lunging, ect. Keep reading as it will be coming very soon! Good luck and go take a walk with your dog today.

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6 responses to “The importance of the walk

  1. ksmahoney

    February 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    One of the reasons that dog owners live longer is the increased activity they get from walking their dogs everyday! It can save your heart and your health!
    Sara from http://www.losingtogether.com

     
    • apassionforpaws

      February 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Excellent point! Thank you for your great input.

       
  2. Vanessa Rivera

    February 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    On TV you see people put them on treadmills. Is that ok? We walk Kaira for an hour a day when we’re good about it anyways (usually 3 times a week) and it doesn’t tire her out. Could we stick her on a treadmill for another hour? The only time we succeeded at tiring her out was a 3 mile fast paced bike ride to the dog park where she played for an hour and a half and then ran back 3 more miles.

     
  3. Vanessa Rivera

    February 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    PS she’s a great walker now 🙂 No pulling unless she sees something really out of the ordinary 🙂

     
  4. apassionforpaws

    February 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Vanessa, I would truly try to make sure you guys walk her at least every day. A 30-40 min walk every day will be more beneficial then an hour walk 3 times a week. The treadmill is fine as long as you don’t leave her on it without supervision. They can easily hurt themselves. She will have to learn to love it and eventually she may go and use it on her own! That’s great to hear that she’s good at walking. Makes your life easier I’m sure. I will be making a post about ways to entertain your dog really soon and that will help with her as well.

     
  5. Dog Walking Gold Coast

    February 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I delight in, result in I found just what I used to be having a look for. You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

     

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