While researching, I typed “why do dogs need walks” into Google. The third article in my search results was a Vetstreet blog post from 2015 entitled “Am I a Bad Pet Owner If I Don’t Walk My Dog Every Day?”. Dr. Marty Becker goes on to say dog owners ask him this question all the time. He’s not the only pet care professional who has heard this question. Life gets busy, you get caught up with work or taking the kids to soccer practice. That’s why Going Mutts offers dog walking services, so your dog gets the exercise it needs without interrupting your schedule.
Pets need regular and consistent exercise to live long, healthy, happy lives. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese. Many pets will acquire specific health problems in their lifetime that could easily be prevented or diminished with proper exercise. One of the absolute best ways to keep your pet healthy is to provide 60 minutes of exercise per day.
Walking not only provides exercise for dogs, it is also excellent for canine socialization and presents opportunities for training. Walking stimulates their senses and helps prevent bad behaviors at home, such as chewing and digging. Your dog gets to see, smell, feel, and hear all types of new and interesting things when out for a walk. Simply put, a tired dog is a good dog.