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Mutual benefits of dog walking

happy dog walking with a leash
Dogs need to be walked. No question about it! In fact, the experts say that dogs that walk at least 20 minutes each day are happier and healthier than dogs that don’t get much exercise. So next time your dog’s energy level gets too high, or you simply want to give him some space to run around outdoors, take him for a walk!

Health benefits

Dog walking is a great way to be active, spend time with your dog, and give him some of the exercises he needs. There are several health benefits for you and your dog:

  1. Walking can help keep your pet healthy and happy.
  2. By exercising regularly, you will both feel better and look better.
  3. Some of the benefits of walking are improved cardiovascular fitness, lower
  4. blood pressure, stronger muscles and bones (built up by walking regularly),decreased stress, and increased energy level for you as well as for your dog.

Dog owners enjoy numerous social benefits too by walking their dogs a few times a week.

How much exercise does your dog need

You can help keep your dog healthy and fit by walking it regularly. Some dogs are pretty active, others are more relaxed. Because your dog is unique, they need to be walked at different paces and for varying amounts of time, based on its breed, weight, and activities. With the Gabby app, you’ll know exactly how much exercise your furry friend will need. Making sure your dog has the opportunity to play and run off excess energy on a daily basis helps to reduce problem behavior such as chewing and digging. Finally, using appropriate equipment will minimize the effort needed for walking your dog, protect you both from injury, and is safer and more fun for your dog.

Things to remember

When you walk your dog, remember to engage with your community and take care of the environment. Ensure you are mindful of how your dog — whether on or off-leash — is interacting with other dogs and people. Supervise them around small children, and if taking a new dog out into the community, always ask first if it’s OK. Dogs can also be a great way to get to know your community. The study found that dog owners were more likely to acknowledge and greet other people on the street, exchange favors with neighbors, and meet others in their neighborhood.
Dog walking is a great escape from the stresses of everyday life. A wonderful way to be with your friend, improving overall health and helping you to form new, lasting bonds. Take some time for yourself, for free by becoming a dog walker today.