Our dogs have loved the attention they have been receiving, as many of us have been working from home over the last year.
The extra-long cuddles, the daily midday walks, and not to mention the amount of time has been home rather than gallivanting through our usual schedule. Unlike us humans, we can’t wait for the day to safely see our friends and family; they are none the wiser to our dogs.
Now that many of us will be going back to work soon, our dogs will not know what hit them. Where did their people go? What happened to afternoon cuddles, midday walks, and that occasional treat from Mom or Dad’s lunch?
What are the repercussions of all this change on our dogs, especially when midday dog walks are eliminated from their new normal?
In this article, we will stress the benefits of walking your dog and, if you cannot do this yourself, why you should hire a helping hand.
Managing Their Health
Your dog’s health is in your hands; without you, they wouldn’t be able to move the amount they need to ensure they are getting the right amount of exercise. It is our responsibility as pet owners to make sure that this is a priority. Not only do consistent walking routines promote calorie burning, but other health benefits coincide with this too.
Many dogs are at risk of weak joints, which can cause further implications in the future. Joint health is vital for mobility. If your dog’s joints cease to work, your dog will find it harder to exercise. Helping your dogs stay strong and mobile is imperative to their overall health, and movement is critical. That is why daily walking is an excellent way to ensure that your dog doesn’t stay sedentary all day.
Dog’s digestive tract sometimes needs some aid to ensure that it is regulated. Going on routine walks allows your dog to make the necessary urinary pit stops, especially if they are inside all day long. Regular emptying also prevents urine from festering in the bladder for too long, leading to urinary tract infections. Regular dog walks, frequent bowel movements too!
When we think of the benefits of walking our dogs, health is the first that comes to mind; however, it is not the only benefit.
Did you know that your dog’s behavior can improve by going for a daily walk?
Stunting Behavioral Issues
What happens when you leave your dog to its own devices? Usually, the house may look messier than usual. They have gotten into the toilet paper, dug a hole in the backyard, or maybe just peed on the sofa. You know, you can’t blame them.
Dog’s attention spans aren’t the longest; they tend to get bored very quickly when not occupied. Taking them for a daily walk allows them to expend their energy, prevent destructive behavior and keep them at bay from running amuck.
Walking not only exercises their body but their mind as well. Dogs don’t walk mindlessly; they are constantly exploring their environments, creating much-needed mental stimulation.
When a dog is tuckered out, they also tend to become better sleepers too.
Nurturing Them Emotionally
Do you see the pattern? We have touched on physical health and mental health, and now we will dive into their emotional health.
Yes! Dog’s are emotive, and they can feel and register our emotions too. When your dog comes up to you and starts whining, they aren’t just doing it for the sake of it. They want your attention, and they want to bond. They are trying to tell you something without actually telling you something.
Walking allows you to spend that one-on-one time with them, having a moment to bond significantly. You also learn a lot about your dog when you walk with them, just by observing their sniffing patterns, marking habits, and interactions with new sights, smells, people, and other pets.
Our dogs need human interaction just as much as they need physical and mental exchanges. When your work calls you in to pack up your home “office,” you may be excited to get back to your old routine. However, your dogs will not.
You now know the benefits of walking your dog consistently. If you think your dog can gain from our daily dog walking services, feel free to reach out to us so that you have covered their physical, mental, and emotional needs. We aren’t all superheroes, and that’s okay.