Humans and canines share many mutual benefits of walking. There are both physical and mental benefits to walking.
Walking your dog can regulate their digestive tract. If your dog is anything like mine, he or she knows exactly when it’s time to go for a walk! Walking on a regular schedule provides your dog with an agenda of when they can potty. This can prevent constipation and bladder infections.
One of the most common health concerns among dogs is being overweight. Walking your dog can help maintain their body weight and it is great for their joints as well. Keeping your dog moving helps prevent joint stiffness.
In addition to the physical benefits, walking your dog can have great mental benefits. Dogs get bored! Taking your dog for a walk can help prevent unwanted behaviors such as chewing. Walking releases pent up energy too!
Exploring new areas, taking in smells, and seeing new sights provide great mental stimulation. While sniffing, dogs are able to gather information about their environment. Allowing your dog to sniff is the equivalent of reading a book.
Walking your dog is healthy for you too! Generally, dog owners are about four times more likely to meet daily physical activity guidelines than non-dog owners. Dog owners are also more social and positive. Walking your dog also can lower your blood pressure, make your bones and muscles stronger, decrease stress, and improve cardiovascular fitness.
Achieve a win-win-win outcome as you strengthen your bond by creating a healthy and happy relationship as you walk together!