10 Health and Happiness Benefits Your Dog Can Only Get From Daily Walks

 10 Heatlh and Happiness Benefits Your Dog Can Only Get From Daily Walks - RadioFence.com Pet Products BlogHave you ever heard the experts say how wonderful a simple walk is for your overall health? The same is true for your dog’s health! There are vital health benefits your dog can only get from a daily walk, so it’s very important to be aware of what these are and use them as motivation to take those little daily adventures together!

1: Exercise

radiofence.com/blogProbably the most obvious benefit is the exercise component of the walk. Some dogs never leave the couch except to quickly do their business in the same small patch of grass only to hurry back inside to veg out on the couch. Daily exercise is vital to your dog’s health because it prolongs her life and improves her overall health and mental wellbeing. All dogs, no matter how big or small, should get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Bigger dogs require more, but taking a 30 minute walk every day is a great way to get some exercise in.

2: Familiarity 

"I think if we put our heads together I think we can remember if we've been here before..."

“I think if we put our heads together I think we can remember if we’ve been here before…”

Dogs strongly desire to learn their surroundings and become familiar with their environment. If your dog rarely leaves the back yard to learn the smells and sounds of the neighborhood, this can cause behavioral and psychological issues and confusion. Imagine your dog seeing the mailman drive by or neighbor kids playing outside and you hear her bark excitedly because she is familiar with their involvement in the neighborhood dynamics rather than aggressively lashing out at them because they’ve encroached on “her territory.” Familiarizing your dog with the people, places, and interactions in your neighborhood provides her with a sense of security and improves overall behavior toward these previous unknowns. 

3. Socialization 

Jem socialized with the neighbor's artificial dog, butterfly, and pelican on today's walk... better than nothing!

Jem socialized with the neighbor’s artificial dog, butterfly, and pelican on today’s walk… better than nothing!

How many of us have been guilty of saying “my dogs is much more of a people lover than a dog lover.” This shift in socialization is not a good thing. Dogs need to be able to socialize with other dogs without aggression just like we socialize with other people on a regular basis.

Your dog should have friends too! Daily walks are a great way for your dog to meet other dogs that she would have never come in contact with otherwise. This socialization makes her a much friendlier dog overall and teaches her that meeting new dogs is a positive thing. When she is put into a situation in the future where she needs to socialize, she will do so in a positive way rather than fearing the interaction. 

4. Bonding

You may think that staying inside on a rainy day watching Netflix and cuddling on the couch with your pup is the ultimate bonding experience, but dogs can actually begin to feel depressed or unimportant when they’re cooped up inside all the time. You have plenty of tasks and chores to keep you busy around the house, but your dog lacks excitement when she remains stagnant day after day. A walk is a one-on-one “date” for the two of you that shows your dog that you have taken the time to put your undivided attention onto her and expresses to her that she’s important and not forgotten. 

As you can see in the video, Jem and Zoey light up when I say “do you want to go for a walk?!” We bond so much on our walks that I can’t imagine what our relationship would be like without our little daily excursions! 

5. Exploration 

Jem and Zoey got to meet an armadillo on today's walk! Talk about exploration!

Jem and Zoey got to meet an armadillo on today’s walk! Talk about exploration!

Imagine only seeing the same 4 rooms of a house and the same 500 ft of back yard for your entire life. Feeling a little depressed just thinking about it? It’s in your dog’s nature is to explore, and walks are a great way to discover new smells, sights, and experiences every day that your dog craves. Exploration is so important for mental health and well-being. 

6. Training

Jem has mastered her training of "self control" when other dogs bark from inside their fences. She keeps her cool and doesn't bark back!

Jem has mastered her training of “self control” when other dogs bark from inside their fences. She keeps her cool and doesn’t bark back!

Your dog has mastered “no, sit, stay, down” and all of the other indoor commands. But there is so much more! Training your dog not to bark and chase people on bikes, not to eat those mysterious plants that could make her sick, or even just how to react to a car entering her personal space is extremely important. Training your dog to understand how to conduct herself outside of the home makes for a much more well-rounded, street-smart, and better behaved pip.  

7. Confidence

I can tell Zoey feels like her best, happiest self on walks!

I can tell Zoey feels like her best, happiest self on walks!

We all can agree that we hate seeing our dogs feeling scared, timid, confused, or unsafe. If your dog doesn’t experience other places outside of the home, she lacks the confidence and ability to face any changes when they occur. You want your dog to feel safe, secure, and confident going anywhere with you. Daily walks create a sense of trust in you that your dog will carry with her in everything you do together.

8. Excitement

Chasing that armadillo was the most excitement any of us experienced all day!

Chasing that armadillo was the most excitement any of us experienced all day!

Being bored is one of the most frustrating feelings. You never want your dog to lose her spunk or feel like each day is just another empty one that lacks excitement and change. Mixing up the routine with a walk releases so much boredom, pent up energy, and sadness that your dog may have stored inside. 

9. Brain Stimulation

Jem has learned from countless walks to pick her paw up when the leash gets between her legs. Brain stimulation at it's finest!

Jem has learned from countless walks to pick her paw up when the leash gets between her legs. Brain stimulation at it’s finest!

Your dog’s mind needs stimulation to stay healthy and sharp. Daily walks provide the opportunity for your dog to continuously learn new things and different experiences that keep her brain healthy. 

10. Enjoy The Nature Of Your Surroundings 

Whether you live near the beach with palm trees, mountains and streams, or desert with a slight breeze, there’s something to appreciate about each and every environment around us. Your dog is meant to experience and appreciate the great outdoors, and a daily walk provides that opportunity for the both of you. 

6 thoughts on “10 Health and Happiness Benefits Your Dog Can Only Get From Daily Walks

  1. Both my dog and I walk together daily, an average of 5 or more miles per day. The neighborhood has many dogs that we pass by daily and it is very obvious the adjusted and non adjusted dogs and dog owners that live there. Unfortunately the majority of many pet owners do not consider the damage they invoke upon their pets by not giving them more than just a loving home and food to eat. My neighbor walks her dog to the end of the driveway and back for her dogs daily walk. She ties the dog to her back patio so it can do it’s business. This pet of hers is unruly, aggressive, barks continuously and is not to be trusted around kids or even adults. It has attacked my 10 year old daughter, ripped her clothing and came very close to causing bodily harm. I know this could never happen if the owner spent the quality time this article portrays. I wish people could really see how important it is to be a fully integrated, responsible and loving companion to your best friend.

  2. Hello,me again.I agree with walking your dog.My previous dog loved her walksI took her every night after dinner..She got sick and couldn’t hardly move and stopped eating.I was sleeping with her on the floor.The night before she was going to be put down she woke me up at 2:00 in the morning and went to the door.She hadn’t moved in weeks.I opened it and put her leash on and some how she went down the step and she walked to her favorite telephone pole and peed and turned around and walked home.I think she new and wanted that last walk .

  3. Since I lost Tasha I have 2 more dogs.Walking them turned out terrible.However after your post I will speak to my husband and see if we can try it again.Thanks

  4. I’m sorry to hear about your loss, Patty. I would encourage you and your husband to keep trying to walk the other two. I think they’ll get the hang of it with practice and patience. Learning to walk on a leash can be a big obstacle for some dogs, but it’s nothing that you can’t overcome. Hang in there!

  5. I’m so glad you took your dog for nightly walks, it’s so important! Losing a dog is a pain that can’t be described, and I’m so sorry that you had to endure it. That’s such an inspiring story to hear that she had the motivation to take one last little walk at the end. Like you said, our dogs just know these kind of things, and it sounds like she did know that she wanted one last walk. You’re an amazing dog mom!

  6. That’s such a great daily routine the two of you have, Richard! 5 miles is a goal that some people only dream of reaching. I agree with you that it is very clear which dogs in the neighborhood have mental and physical stimulation and which ones don’t. It shows! It saddens me to hear that you have a neighbor that doesn’t walk her dogs outside of the yard and tethers the dog to the porch. Is the dog tethered all of the time? Or just for a few minutes? Some states have tethering laws that make it unlawful to tie your dog up for too long. I personally hate to see a dog tethered because it causes severe behavioral issues like the ones you’re describing. You are within your rights to report this dangerous behavior to animal control, and they might require your neighbor to stop tethering the dog for everyone’s safety and well-being. Thanks for being such a great dog dad to your own!

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