Dog walking is a great opportunity to get out of the house, introduce your dog to your neighbors and other dogs. The biggest benefit is that you and your dog Rover are getting great exercise! But did you know you could be walking your dog the wrong way?
Before Dog Walking, Be PreparedBefore you head out dog walking, be sure you and Rover are fully prepared for your trek around the neighborhood. It’s a good idea to mind these 3 simple preparation tips prior to dog walking:
- Stretching your legs and back before you start.
- Be sure your gear is up to task (dog leash, collar and sneakers).
- Bring both water and sunscreen. Be sure you have plenty of water with you to keep your dog and yourself hydrated during your walk. Also be sure to wear sunscreen if needed.
Benefits of Dog Walking
Walking your dog just a few times a week, the benefits include improved cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, more strength, endurance, and potentially decreased stress. These are not only the benefits you’ll feel but your dog will also get great exercise. Other benefits could include:
- Meeting your neighbors and their dogs.
- Meeting your neighbors dogs!
- Your dog getting familiar with their neighborhood. They love to check out the sights and smells and will really look forward to spending time with you. A dog that doesn’t receive sufficient exercise can easily become bored or destructive.
- Allowing your dog great exercise and to explore and sniff out the neighborhood
- Dog walking can potentially help your brain! Researchers at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) found that the foot’s impact during walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that significantly modify and can increase the supply of blood to the brain.
A Regular Walk is Equally Vital To Your Dog’s Health
Boredom is squashed when you regularly walk your dog. As well, obesity in dogs is could be associated with osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and insulin resistance.
Walking a dog may make you and your dog happy!
Most dogs (like high energy dogs) need to be walked at least once each day. Although. some dogs, particularly very active dogs (Jack Russels) may require more walking. The breed of dog you have, as well as the dog’s age and fitness level may determine how far you’ll go on your walk and the pace.
Interesting Wiki on dog walking: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_walking
Quick Tips About Dog Walking
- Aim for 30 minute walks, five times per week.
- Keep your dog leashed in public areas unless you’re at a dog park which allows off leash play.
- Supervise your dog around people they’re unfamiliar with..
- Take plastic bags (and maybe a scoop) to clean up after your dog.
- Make sure your dog is properly identified and has their collar with license(s).
- Be sure to get your dog chipped.
- Make sure your dog has been “fixed”.
- Avoid walking in hot or extremely cold weather.
- Take fresh water for you and your dog to drink.
If you’re unable to walk your dog or don’t have the time and are you’re interested in Rover’s dog walking, contact Dog Day Getaway dog walking service staff at (952) 431-9663