It’s no secret that any fit and healthy dog needs regular exercise and stimulation to maintain a happy and healthy life. Whether it’s a hike through the countryside or just a quick run-around in your local park, walks are one of the most important and enjoyable activities in your dog’s daily calendar.
As the winter draws in and the weather starts to turn, heading out into the cold and rain on a dark November evening can start to become more of a chore for both you and your dog, but it’s important to remember how beneficial walks really are for your dog and why you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to take your dog out, even if the weather is a bit miserable.
Obviously, one of the primary benefits of walking your dog daily is the physical exercise they get. Dogs need regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight and overall fitness. Walking your dog every day is the perfect way to monitor how much exercise your dog is really getting and make sure that they’re getting enough to stay happy and healthy.
As well as the importance of physical activity, mental stimulation is also key to your dog’s development. By getting your dog out of the house every day, they get the opportunity to experience new smells and see new places, which can be really stimulating for them.
Regular walks are also a great way to frequently socialise your dog, which can be useful if you ever need to be able to rely on your dog’s good behaviour in other social settings. Any dog that gets regular socialisation are usefully better adapted to playing with other animals and interacting with people.
Giving your dog a routine and structure to their day is a really good way of combatting any boredom they might experience. Having a daily walk in their routine will break up their day and keep them entertained.
And if all of that isn’t enough encouragement to go out and brave the cold, maybe considering the impacts that walking out in the fresh air will have on your health, as well as your dog’s, will be. Taking time in your day to get away from a computer screen or social media and get out in the fresh air has been proven to do wonders for people’s emotional well-being. It’s also a quick and easy way to exercise, which impacts your physical health too.
With all these considerations in mind, it’s clear that the benefits of getting out regularly with your dog massively outweigh any reasons not to. For everyone, there will be some days when it simply isn’t possible, but getting into a routine is a good place to start.
Remember: different dogs require different levels of exercise, depending on their size, age, and breed. It is also a good idea to check the weather forecast and plan your route before heading out, to make sure you’re well equipped, just in case the weather changes. For example, you might want to take a coat for yourself and your dog. It’s also a good idea to take out some tasty treats and even some water for your dog.
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