Walking Your Dog: Benefits Everyone

Taking your dog for a walk can have many benefits, for both you and your four-legged family members. Taking our dogs for a walk not only keeps them in tip-top shape, it also keeps the two-legged person healthy as well. Below are the top 5 reasons to take your dog for a walk:

 

1. Walking your dog can strengthen the bond between you both. Daily walks build a fun and trusting relationship. It gives you and your dog time to work on behavioral development, making them the perfect dog all around.

A nice walk around the Brohm Lake loop in Squamish.

A nice walk around the Brohm Lake loop in Squamish.

 

2. Walking your dog can encourage socialization. Along the way, you will run into many other dogs and owners out there. Exposing your dog to other dogs and humans will help in the future to adapt faster in new or intimidating situations.

Small dogs exploring.

Exploring the trails in the Smoke Bluffs area in Squamish.

Jessie and Axl

Little dog chasing big dog – very entertaining!

 

3. Walking your dog can promote weight control and digestive health. It is not healthy for your dog to be overweight. It is hard on their joints, as well as their internal organs. Daily walks stimulate your dog’s digestive system to stay in proper working order.

Eli apple

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

 

4. Walking your dog can help diminish destructive behavior and unwanted hyperactivity. Your dog enjoys having a task to complete or participate in. Going for a walk will not only tire them out, but will also give them a sense of accomplishment.

Burning as much energy as possible.

Burning as much energy as possible.

In the forest

These little dogs feel so accomplished after every walk.

 

5. Walking your dog can boost your health. Spending time outside can boost your overall well-being. Having your dog as a fun exercise partner can help lower your blood pressure, help you shed a few pounds, help strengthen your muscles and put a big smile on your face!

A little kiss to say thank you for the fun walk!

A little kiss to say thank you for the fun walk!

Enjoying the sand at Nexen beach, downtown Squamish.

Enjoying the sand at Nexen beach, downtown Squamish.

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