10 Reasons Why You Should Walk Your Dog

Walking the dog sounds so common, so normal, like everyone must do it right?… right?

Walk Your Dog: Benefits of Walking Your Dogs

Wrong. Did you know that somewhere in the range of 38 – 40% of dog owners do not walk their dogs?

I know, I was surprised as well. But it’s true. Given a small percentage of those people I’m sure have good reason, but what about the rest?

Here’s what some people have to say:

  • “I can’t walk my dog because I work.”
  • “I don’t have enough time.”
  • “There is no where to walk my dog.”
  • “He doesn’t need walks, we have a big yard.”
  • “My dog is not overweight, so he doesn’t need to be walked.”

The list goes on, believe me…

Now before anyone gets upset with me, I want to clarify – I do realize sometimes people have no time in their day, and we get busy, and yes, sometimes where people live there is just no place to walk the dog. And I’m not trying to judge anyone’s methods with their own dogs. But… I am an avid believer that walking the dog has many benefits, and exercise is only a small part of what these benefits are.

Let’s Go Over 10 Reasons Why You Should Walk Your Dog:

1. Bonding. Taking your dog out for a nice evening or early morning walk is a great bonding experience.

2. Exercise and muscle building. Even if your dog is not overweight, exercise is an important part of keeping your pooch healthy.

3. Walking your dog will tire him out. A tired dog is a well behaved dog. And a much less destructive dog!

4. While having a good size yard is beneficial, it doesn’t supplement for walks. The yard is the yard. Not many new smells, not many new sights, just the same thing every day. Getting your dog out and about provides him with mental stimulation. Smelling new smells, seeing new things, exploring.

5. Great training opportunities. While your walking, teach things like heel. Or teach him to sit before crossing the road, the opportunities are endless.

6. Socialization. Walking your dog is a great opportunity to meet other dogs.

7. Walking your dog is great for their digestive system. And can even help with constipation.

8. The more you walk your dog, the more energy you burn, therefore you have a much less hyperactive dog at home.

9. Walking your dog can become a wonderful routine, and helps us humans get out of the house as well!

10. Finally, last but not least - walking your dog isn’t only beneficial for him, but also for your own health!

Even if you don’t have a chance every day to walk your pooch, he will be happy with a short 15 minute walk every couple days. Hey, it’s better than nothing! So what are you waiting for? Get outside and walk that pooch!!

Your turn!!

We want to know what your favorite part of walking your dog is!

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Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired everyday by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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34 Responses to 10 Reasons Why You Should Walk Your Dog

  1. Nichole says:

    Great reasons! We are esp fond of 5 and 6. I’m always working on our training during walks!

  2. Ruth Epstein says:

    At the end of the day there is nothing I love more than taking Layla for a walk and into the dog park where everyone meets up and chats, really important and fully believe in it

  3. Carleen says:

    I’m glad spring is finally here so I can get the dogs out walking more. We always seem to get lazy about it in winter.

  4. Heather says:

    My favorite part about walking the dogs is the opportunity it gives me to chat with my neighbors. I didn’t meet many people until I got Gonzo, and now everyone knows us!

  5. That number is crazy. Do their dogs not go stir crazy? Mr. N adores his daily walks!

  6. Kamira Gayle says:

    This is a perfectly articulated post. I don’t have a dog but have friends that do. I’ll share this post. Very informative and relevant.

  7. Cathy Armato says:

    This is so important! Dogs who never get walked never get “out in the world”. That can make the outside world seem very scary to them and ultimately make them very anxious dogs – we’ve got a few of those in our neighborhood unfortunately. There are so many benefits of even a super short walk and the issues that can be created by never getting walked make it worth finding a way to walk your dog or get someone else to do it for you.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  8. Beth says:

    I don’t walk my dogs often enough, thanks for this gentle reminder to be better about it!

  9. Walking is such a great way to interact with your dog. Walking Dexter is one of my favorite things to do.

  10. I hear the big yard comment a lot! It doesn’t give dogs any real exercise to speak of, though. Or people will simply take their dog outside to potty, then back in. When I’m pet sitting for dogs that don’t get many walks, I make sure to take them out walking if they’re pretty good walkers. The dogs LOVE it, gives them new territory to check out. As you said, walks burn energy so you have a calmer dog. My dogs get a little crazy if they don’t get walks.

    • Jenna Drady says:

      Exactly! And mine do too! In the rain one out of my 3 huskies really dislikes going out, so while I take the other 2 for rainy walks, I have to try my best to keep her busy indoors, but it is still so noticeable that she hasn’t been out walking

  11. Dash Kitten says:

    People forget that YOU get as much out of a walk as the dog does.

    What’s not to love about a walk – rain or shine. It’s outside, in nature and your often (very wet) dog will have a lot of fun!

  12. Your post REALLY resonates with me! I have a fractured ankle at the moment, and I have professional dog walkers coming three times a day. I feel so guilty when I see how happy my dog is to see them, and how happy she is to return home. Truthfully, even before I had the excuse of an injury, I employed dog walkers. At times because of a busy schedule. But lately it has really HIT HOME how important it is to make time to walk one’s own pet. It truly is a bonding experience, and I look forward to getting back to it soon!

  13. My mom and dad are older and they can’t walk as far as they used to, so their dog doesn’t get walked as much as he should. I know I need to encourage them to do so because it would be good for both them and their dog.

  14. Robin says:

    Going for walks is one of the things I miss about having a dog! I really enjoy walking, so that was a lot of fun for me. I’m trying to train my cats to walk on a leash, but it just isn’t the same. Dogs are much more motivated to actually walk! Cats do make good power-walking weights if you carry them, though. LOL

  15. Mary Nielsen says:

    There shouldn’t be any excuses for walking a dog. If you have your dog you should walk it..

    It’s good for you, its good for the dog.. Makes you and your canine closer, the benefits are really endless.

    I wish people had dogs because they loved them and not because of any other reason.. If you love your dog why wouldn’t you give him the satisfaction of walking around the streets and improving his day by giving him some unique moments of the day. He/She gets the chance to sniff the outside world a little, it means so much to them.

  16. Bryn Nowell says:

    Great points! Weather permitting, we try to take the dogs out on a walk at least once a day, sometimes twice a day. I can tell the difference in their and my demeanor if I don’t walk them for a little while. We have an app that tracks our walking distance and donates to local animal shelters, so there’s a reward for doing something we were going to do anyway.

  17. I can’t imagine having a dog and not walking him or her. I think that’s very irresponsible. A dog will have a much more exciting life if they’re walked.

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