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How a Daily Walk Will Improve Your Dog’s Health and Behavior

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5. Aids Toilet Training

A potty break is a must for a dog, and for a pet owner, one of the biggest tasks is toilet training – or else you have to deal with toilet accidents more often. Walking can help in toilet training.

daily dog walks aid in toilet training

When a dog gets regular walks, he learns that it’s a good time for a bathroom break. Puppies need much more frequent potty breaks than adult dogs. So, you need to take your puppy for shorter walks more often.

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Once your dog learns to potty outside, he will give signals when he needs to go out. All you need to do is put on the leash, take a plastic bag and go for a walk outside with your canine friend.

6. Strengthens Your Bond and Trust

Dogs share a special bond with their owner, but to build this bond, you need to spend time together.

taking your dog for daily walks strengthens your bond

When you take your dog for a walk, you get to spend some quality time with your pet. This helps promote the shared bond and leads to a strong, trusting relationship.

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Apart from a strong bond between you and your pet, regular walks can help your pet build confidence and trust.

7. Encourages Socialization

Walking is especially beneficial for dogs that are timid or fearful.

daily walks encourages socialization in dogs

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Strolling around the neighborhood allows your pet to come in with other humans and animals. Gradually, this can help your pet adapt to new or intimidating situations.

This will encourage socialization and help your dog learn new things. Also, walking will teach him how to behave in public places.

8. Boosts Your Health Too

Last but not least, taking your dog for a daily walk is beneficial for your health, too. When your dog is walking, you are also walking.

daily dog walks boost your health

Walking is a good exercise for people of all ages. It improves the health of your feet, benefits your heart, fights obesity, keeps your bones strong, staves off depression, fights stress and the list goes on.

Also, when you are enjoying a walk outside, you get to spend time amidst nature. Nature has tremendous psychological and physical benefits and can increase your overall sense of well-being.

So, whenever the outdoor is suitable for walking, grab a leash and go for a long walk with your beloved furry friend by your side.

Tips for Walking with Your Dog

  • Those who are new to walking should start out slow to avoid injuries and gradually work your way up to 30–minute daily walks.
  • Aim for a 30-minute walk at least 5 times every week.
  • Prepare for dog walking as you would prepare for any exercise, with stretches and the right footwear.
  • When walking your dog, always keep him on a leash, unless you are in designated off-leash parks.
  • Keep a close eye on your pet around children and other dogs.
  • Always have plastic bags handy for those potty breaks and do not forget to clean up after your pet.
  • Avoid going out for a walk in extreme cold or heat.
  • Don’t forget to bring cool, fresh water for you as well as your pet to drink.

How a Daily Walk Will Improve Your Dog’s Health and Behavior was last modified: November 14th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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  1. Hi, My name is Graehame, the wife and I have a mini poodle….he is the best family pet ever. We walk him regularly and he is quiet playful with the grandchildren. However, when it comes to feeding he is very picky. He is very selective in what he eats and at times will go without food while we work through what he enjoys. He has consumed the cat food including biscuits etc…..but will stick his nose up and the food we dish up. He has the small top of the range tin dog food…..cooked chicken….cooked lamb chops….one day then the next will not touch what I have just mentioned. Can you please offer some suggestions as to what would be a good stable diet food for our ‘Charlie’.

    Many Thanks……I really enjoy your posts.

    Graehame

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