Really good reading today, here’s an excerpt:
In addition to the basic requirements of food, water and shelter, a dog needs physical activity, social dealings and mental stimulation. Most of these needs can be fulfilled by simply taking your dog for a walk. Besides, daily exercise leads to joint health, heart health and increased lung function.
Even if you stay at home throughout the day, many of us are preoccupied with chores around the house or involved in something else that doesn’t include your pooch, therefore not giving our pet the companionship he needs. So what does he do? He gets bored! And let’s face it: A bored dog will most likely become a destructive dog.
Taking your dog for a walk provides him the attention from you that he wants and needs, reinforces obedience skills and provides mental stimulation. Taking in the sights and sounds of his surroundings allows him to gather evidence about how his surroundings have been altered since the last outing.
Dogs are social animals. If you meet another dog or person during your walk, this gives Fido the opportunity to socialize.
Puppies should be encouraged at an early age to appropriately respond to and get along with other dogs and people while on walks. These positive experiences help your dog learn to behave well when encountering visitors to your home.
So now that you’re ready to leash up your pooch and get walking, where do you go?
There are a great many pet-friendly places to take your dogs to get exercise. Just make sure you follow the park/fields rules regarding dogs. Try:
» your own neighborhood
» walking trails
» athletic fields
» dog parks
And remember, if you can’t get outside much, a dog treadmill is the next best thing!