Take it from an expert – there are many benefits to daily dog walking. Whether you walk her yourself, so you can bond and strengthen your relationship, or you hire a Professional Dog Walker, your dog will be a happier, healthier animal and you will be too!
Walks are a great way to connect with your dog! Take the time to not just march through the neighborhood like a soldier at boot camp. Wander and enjoy the fresh air while allowing her to smell the trees and choose which way to go. Talk to your dog along the way. Interacting with her and encouraging her to pay attention to you. Stop and ask for a sit, shake or stay. Treat! Then move forward again, all the while enjoying each other’s company and the beautiful world around you.
Going for a daily walk can help your dog to be healthy both mentally and physically. Getting outside and into your neighborhood or around town increases socialization and decreases sensitivity to outside stimuli. Other people, animals, cars, motorcycles, the school bus or delivery driver, children on bikes, skateboards or running and screaming can all be scary things for a dog that lives in the protective bubble of your home. Even a leaf or a plastic bag blowing in the wind can be a terrifying thing to a dog that doesn’t get out often. The more exposure a dog receives to the various things in our daily lives, the more comfortable and confident that dog will be.
For many people with busy lives revolving around work and family, finding time to walk the dog can be difficult. Unfortunately a dog that is left at home alone for many hours at a time, day in and day out can become destructive, hyperactive, bored, depressed and possibly over weight. It is no fun for anyone, except maybe the dog, to come home to Fido jumping all over you as you walk in the door, only to find pillow feathers floating in the air, sofa cushions torn apart, a chewed pair of shoes…or two…or three. Some pets become so destructive they must be confined to a smaller area or crate for their own safety. Sadly, many end up at the local shelter. A depressed dog, on the other hand, can appear to be the perfect dog. He sleeps all day and doesn’t get into any trouble at all. He also may not greet you at the door when you or your family come home and is gaining weight. Many of us tend to “spoil” our dogs with food, giving them extra treats to make up for our lack of time and attention. Extra weight can cause many different health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, decreased liver function, difficulty breathing, arthritis, hip dysplasia and more. All of which will have a negative effect on, and may shorten, the dogs quality of life.
Many of these problems can be avoided by hiring a Professional dog walker. We have many clients, both human and canine, that benefit from our daily dog walking service. Contact us for more information regarding a customized schedule that will work best for both you and your dog!