August 13, 2018
5 Benefits of Taking Long Walks With Your Dog
We all want what’s best for our dogs, all the time. We make sure they’ve eaten enough, and are staying hydrated, we take them to the vet to keep them healthy. But it’s also important to consistently take out dogs for long walks. Rover-Time has the 5 benefits of taking long walks with your dog.
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There can be little doubt that most dogs love going for a long walk! Sometimes we think that our dogs get enough exercise because we take them around the block or let them out to play in the yard. But there’s a lot more to the walk than just exercise.
That’s why we’ve started the Rover-Time Collar Club, to share all the benefits of walking, for both you and your dog. If you’re asking, why should I walk my dog? What’s in it for me? Walks are a good way to spend quality time with your dog while honing social skills, training, and overall health.
Exercise helps drain excess energy to bring your dog to a calmer state and will help him from misbehaving with all that extra energy. The more you walk, the more energy your dog burns, resulting in a less hyperactive dog at home – and less stress on you.
Trying to get 10,000 steps a day? Heading out on a nice, long walk can help keep those extra pounds away and promotes year-long health.
Humans and dogs both thrive off social interaction and a good walk can provide all that and more. How often have you been out with your dog only to be stopped and told how cute he is? These small interactions can lead to familiar friendships and ultimately build a sense of community, just like our Rover-Time Collar Club.
Sharing a new experience with your dog on a walk can help build self-confidence and reduce anxiety, a common trait in rescue dogs or those new to Chicago.
It’s Getting to Know Your Chicago Neighborhood
Mixing up the walking routine gives both you and your dog new experiences and keeps their bodies and minds active. Here’s a tip: If you want to get in a full half-hour (or 15 minutes, or however long) pick a loop in your neighborhood that takes a specific amount of time instead of simply walking out and back again.
A loop ensures that you cover the distance you want to cover and keeps boredom at bay. Plus, mixing it up can show you a new side of Chicago — it’s a great way to find new restaurants!
It’s a Training Opportunity
Walking your dog can be a great time to work on training. Try out new commands and carry some treats or his favorite toy as a reward. While out and about, take the opportunity to practice heeling. For a more hands-on experience, participants in Rover-Time Collar Club receive tips related to leash training and other techniques.
Once you make it a part of your morning or evening routine, your dog will start looking forward to your special bonding time together each day. A nice, calm walk can be very relaxing for you and gives us an opportunity to unwind or just discover a new side of your neighborhood. The structure helps keep their energy in check and helps you maintain a schedule, all while offering them the opportunity to learn new skills.
Thanks for reading!
We hope that learning about the 5 benefits of taking long walks with your dog inspires you to get out there and hit the pavement
So, what are you waiting for? Get outside and walk your pooch!
AND JOIN US FOR COLLAR CLUB! Our second session is on Saturday, July 24th. We will be giving tips and tricks to help you problem solve your dog walking headaches. You’ll also meet new friends and dog-loving neighbors!