Walk your dog month January 2022

January 10, 2022

Walking your dog every day is crucial to ensure your dog is happy and healthy. Not only does exercising every day have benefits to your dog's physical and mental health, but this can also help with their obedience as well as building on your relationship. In addition, daily walks can help improve your physical and mental health and you’ll always have a walking buddy to help motivate you.

How often should I walk my dog?

Most dogs need to be walked once a day, if not twice, for 30 minutes to 2 hours. This will depend on the size, age and breed of your dog, as well as their current fitness levels. If you’re unsure of how far and how regularly you should be walking your dog, make sure you speak to your vet for the appropriate advice.

The physical impact on walking your dog every day

A walk a day can have many positive effects on your dog’s physical health as well as yours. Remaining active can help keep any extra weight off for you and your dog, as well as helping to improve mobility, build stronger muscles and lower blood pressure. Just like humans some dogs prefer a routine. Regular walking can help regulate your dog’s digestive tract and urinary health.

More than just going outside – your dog’s mental health

Walks are a really simple way to make your dog happy. We can all see how excited they get by the mention of ‘walk’ or ‘walkies’. Dogs can easily get bored. Taking your dog on a walk is a constructive way to keep your dog entertained and mentally stimulated and allows them some one-on-one time with you. New walking routes allow their mind and body to be exercised by discovering new paths, smells and fellow dog and human companions.  Walking releases energy, allowing your dog to sleep better at night, making them less energetic and less destructive within the home as well as avoiding excessive barking and whining.

Why not make your walks exciting for you and your dog?

As well as discovering great new walking routes with beautiful scenery, why not take a ball or a toy for your dog to play with. Not only will this keep you busy, but this simple activity can stimulate your dog’s mind as well as increase their fitness levels.

Our top tips:

  • Don’t forget those poop bags and treats for rewarding good behaviour. These are essential items for any walk!
  • Ensure your dog has good recall. This is extremely important when letting them off the lead.
  • Make sure your dog is supervised at all times and is within calling distance.
  • Supervise your dog around children or place them on the lead.
  • Don’t walk in extreme heat or cold temperatures.
  • Take water and a bowl for those long walks to allow your dog to have a drink.
  • Ensure your dog is properly identified and the microchip is up to date.

For more tips on walking your dog in winter, check out our blog here