As pet guardians we know the importance of providing our pets with good food, a nice home, lots of love, and veterinary care. These things are necessary for your dog’s health and happiness but there is something more you can and should do. You can improve your dog’s wellbeing with one daily habit, dog walking.
Improve Your Dog’s Wellbeing With One Daily Habit!
Taking your dog out for a daily walk has significant benefits. Although it might not seem that important or necessary, your dog needs and wants the stimulation. Providing your dog with daily mental and physical stimulation improves behavior, increases happiness, and keeps your dog healthy.
How to easily make dog walking a daily habit
All you need to do is start. Start today! Leash up your dog and just do it. Maybe you only have time to stroll out the front door and that is okay. Getting out even for a short time is better than not at all.
Keep it simple
Start out small by committing to 1-5 minutes. Everyone can spare 5 minutes a day. If you think you have to walk your dog for 20-30 minutes daily then most likely you will not succeed in making this a daily habit. You will think of all the other things you need to do and put this one important activity aside.
All you need to do is start. Start with 1-2 minutes if that is all you have time for. You may find that once you get started you keep going.
Make it a priority to take your dog out everyday. If you can only make it down the street one day, that is fine. Some days may be a short trip around the block, others a nice hike. the important thing is not how long you get your dog out but to do it daily. Dogs take in the world thru scents so it is necessary for them to be able to explore by sniffing out their environment.
Make it fun
Daily dog walks should not be a chore that has to be done. It should be fun for you and your dog. Letting your dog sniff around is important for their mental stimulation. Walking your dog this is a great way to bond. Your dog views walks as fun and exciting. If you are taking them for a walk, then you too are fun and exciting.
If your dog is horrible walking on a leash, don’t let this discourage you. Your dog is just over excited to experience the outside world. You can improve your dog’s leash walking by using an easy walk harness or no-pull freedom harness, hire a dog trainer, or watch some videos.
Improve your dog’s wellbeing with one daily habit, a dog walk! This one simple activity has such significant benefits. Your dog will be so happy!