January is National Walk Your Dog Month! Walking has numerous health benefits for humans and animals alike and what better time to start on a path to better health than at the beginning of a new year!
Here are 5 benefits to walking your dog:
1. Expends nervous energy.
Walking your dog before you leave for work is a good way to relieve mild separation anxiety while you are gone. Walking provides stimulation from all of the sights, sounds, and smells as well as the physical activity that is very useful in tiring your pup out and discouraging destructive activities.
Walking outdoors provides your dog with the opportunity to meet other dogs and people. If a dog is not presented with many situations to socialize, he or she may become fearful and nervous.
3. Bonding time.
Spending quality time with your dog is important and walking gives you the opportunity to share new experiences with him or her!
4. A good training aid.
It is good to walk your dog before attempting any training exercise to, again, expend that nervous energy. Once calm, they are more able to focus on your commands.
5. Improves quality of life.
Walking on a regular basis is excellent exercise and is beneficial for mobility, heart health, and reducing stress. All of these benefits combined can lead to a longer, healthier life.