Why dog walking is so good for your pet’s development
Our dogs are very important to us, and it is vital to their physical and mental condition that they are looked after in an appropriate way. Many dog owners are still pretty much in the dark when it comes to looking after their dog’s physical and mental condition. Some aspects of their daily lives can directly affect how they feel physically and the emotions that they experience. This article is aimed at dog owners who want to ensure that they treat their animal with care and respect.
It is important to understand that dogs are directly descended from wolves. Wolves and dogs have incredible amounts of energy. Containing or restricting energy is never a good thing, so it is important that the dog is allowed to go outside and run about as often as possible. However, with the modern world of work, this means that many people have to work long hours and can therefore not give their dogs the walks they need.
The serotonin hormone that everyone understands helps to make people and animals feel better will be drastically reduced within your pet dog if he or she is not allowed to go for a walk. It is important therefore that you find some way to structure your life so that you can take your dog out for a walk on a regular basis.
The consequences of not doing so can be drastic. Dogs can tear furniture or chew personal possessions in your home due to their frustration at not being able to expend their energy. This is a real concern, and many dog owners who are not able to take the dogs out find that their dogs instead become distracted and can even self-harm through sheer frustration and depression. If they can’t get rid of the energy, we are not treating these dogs as they need to be treated. They are physical animals and they need to be physical.
During a walk dogs are even able to meet other dogs and build up their confidence as well. Dogs can be social animals, and if you’re able to meet other dogs, this helps with those serotonin levels too. They are also able to toilet themselves when you’re out and about, and generally stretch their legs. This leads to an overall happier dog. Frequent and long walks are the best thing a dog could have, no matter its size.
When you think about it, these lively animals have an incredible amount of energy that is destined to leave their systems. By restricting energy, we do nothing but make them feel frustrated. Dog walking is therefore vital and fundamental to the happiness and physical well-being of the animal. To get the best out of the situation, take responsibility and structure your life so that either you or a professional dog walker can take care of the physical needs and emotional requirements of your pet. It is the best thing for the animal, and it will lead to a more productive relationship between you and your trusted pet.