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The Benefits of Walking Your Dog


Dogs are great at providing strong motivation to maintain their owner’s exercise program – who can resist a happy dog, panting with excitement at the front door? They make great walking companions and can serve as the perfect social support. So if you are having difficulty sticking to your fitness program, why don’t you try doing your routines with your dog? Unlike your human buddies who are likely to skip exercise sessions due to appointments or bad weather, dogs will not give you any excuse to miss out on your daily exercise.

What Owners Gain from Regular Exercise

The World Health Organization indicates that the extent of adequate exercise necessary for promoting good health consists of 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise five days every week, plus strengthening workouts twice a week for adults ages 18 to 65 years old.  If owners can stick to this standard, they can benefit from the following:

·         Reduced risk of breast cancer by 75%
·         Reduced risk of diabetes by 49%
·         Reduced risk of heart disease by 35%
·         Reduced risk of colon cancer by 22%

With the non-judgmental nature and unconditional love from pets, owners can also obtain various mental health benefits such as self-esteem from the support provided by their dogs. As a matter of fact, research has shown that stroking and petting your adorable fur ball can help lessen physiological signs of stress like high blood pressure.

What Dogs Get from Exercising With You

· Physical and Mental Well-being. Because many dog breeds have the potential for numerous health concerns, regular exercise can contribute immeasurably to their well-being. In addition, it’s through sufficient physical stimulation that they also get to expend their excess energy which will help them stay happy and out of trouble.
· Socializing and Training Opportunities. Socialization is one of the keys to helping dogs become well-rounded pets. Through regular exercise with them, you can expose your pooch to new people, settings, and experiences which is crucial for his growth. Aside from this, your dog will get the chance to learn new things and bond with you.
· Reduction of Behavior Issues and Longevity. Destructive canine behaviors like excessive barking and digging are often caused by boredom. By taking Fido out for a walk, you give him opportunities to do something positive instead. Also, since your pooch gets fitter and healthier as he exercises with you regularly, you’ll both live happier, longer lives.

Dog-walking Tips

1.       Aim for a 30-minute walk, five times every week.
2.       Always keep your dog on a leash, unless in designated off-leash parks.
3.       Supervise your dog around children and other dogs.
4.       Bring plastic bags to clean up after your pet.
5.       Ensure that your dog wears his ID tag all the time.
6.       Avoid going out in extreme cold or heat.
7.       Don’t forget to bring cool, fresh water for you both to drink.

14 Responses to The Benefits of Walking Your Dog
  1. UrbanCollieChick
    April 18, 2014 | 10:26 am

    Funny how the picture at the top of this piece is a bulldog, which is the most horridly constructed breed in dogdom. Most bulldgos like this can barely walk, barely breathe, they can’t swim, and it’s the worst possible choice for strenuous hiking, to say nothing of sprinting or jogging or running along a bicycle.

    If any breed should fall off the face of the earth, it’s the bulldog. It would be a merciful thing. A former wolf trapped in such a grotesque, mutated form is dreadful.

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  4. Christi Roberts
    February 15, 2014 | 10:24 pm

    I was already walking 5-7 miles 5-7 times per week and decided I should share those walks with a dog. As much as I enjoyed my walks before, I enjoy them that much more with my doggy companion. Even at only 3 months, my dog was able to walk 3-5 miles. Dogs are born to walk! Walking has been a wonderful bonding experience for us. Interestingly, since I started walking with my dog, I have far more interaction with people. Dogs create a more social experience. I was nearly invisible before, but people just want to talk to you when you are with a dog.

  5. Cheryl Smyth
    February 9, 2014 | 6:34 am

    I promised myself when I adopted my dog, Tessi, that we’d walk everyday – twice a day at least, as she has a lot of energy. I didn’t mind walking, but didn’t really think about the realities of EVERY DAY. At times when the weather is beautiful, I enjoy it, especially if it inspires me to bring my camera – frosted foliage and such. But these cold, cold winter days, which Tessi doesn’t mind, really challenge me. I remind myself how good it is for me.

  6. Lisa
    November 26, 2013 | 11:15 am

    If I didn’t have a dog I wouldn’t go out myself, so we are good for each other, exercising together wonderful.

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  9. Andi Lee
    May 20, 2013 | 8:49 pm

    Some people unwind with a glass of wind, I choose to walk my pups; its immensely rewarding!

  10. Candee Teitel
    April 3, 2013 | 6:10 pm

    Walking the dog is a great way to meet people. Once you establish a routine, which may only take 3 days, your dog will hound you to get up and go. I encourage people who have dogs with very high energy to run them on a bicycle using a K-9 Cruiser attachment. The gets a great work out in a minimum of time.

  11. Adoption Revolution
    April 3, 2013 | 5:12 pm

    Sometimes you just have to state the obvious :))

    Please come “like” and help me get some shelter animals seen an adopted!!

  12. Michael Lindsay
    January 21, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    Wow, great article. Things we take for granted. How easy is it to go on a walk with your dog! If they are an indoor dog like ours, it will benefit them as well as us! Thanks for sharing!

    January 11, 2013 | 4:47 am


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