Think going out and exercising your dog is just a walk in the park? Think again.
According to experts, walking your dog is not only a way to keep him physically fit, it’s also a way to manage stress, increase motivation, and confer power back and forth between you and your pet.
Like humans, dog have their own personalities, likes and dislikes, history and experiences. And as dog walkers, the daily walk should be something that is mutually beneficial for you both.
Many owners do this almost without thinking, knowing their pet is social and likes to meet new dogs, he or she might find a public place where they can interact with other pets. Maybe an owner only has the time to walk their dog after in the evening, so they take their pet out right after work. If the dog is a larger breed, then the pet parent might try to find a route where they can avoid small dogs.
Some owners believe that their pets take a liking to certain places or locations, so they try to consistently take them to here they feel most comfortable.
And depending on the breed of your pet, your dog might have the natural instinct to hunt small animals. In many instances, pet parents will allow their dogs the freedom to roam off leash, but it also requires some restraint if you know your dog considers birds or squirrels as prey.
It’s no secret that exercise is good for both dogs and their human counterparts, but sometimes we’re more inspired to get in the physical activity we need when we’re doing it with a partner.
What better way to tackle those daily walks than with man’s best friend at your side?
Studies have shown that not only do owners forge closer relationships with their pets during walks, but also with others who walk their dogs as well.
People who see each other every day tend to stop and chat and allow their dogs to get to know each other. Some even form groups and may be recognized by their pet’s name creating a community that centered primarily around their dogs.
And getting a walk or two each day can actually help promote lower levels of cortisol – a stress hormone in humans while decreasing other physiological stress responses. In fact, combat veterans sometimes utilize service dogs to help manage the symptoms of PTSD.
Lower stress levels also mean a healthier circulatory system and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Of course, your pet experiences all kinds of benefits from The Barking Lot’s professional dog walking services, too like healthier weight and digestive health, decrease in hyperactivity and destructive behavior and greater socialization.