Benefits of Walking Your Dog

Aww, October, a great time of the year. With the leaves changing and the weather cooling, it is the perfect opportunity for you and your dog to get some exercise.

Maybe you have slacked off on walking your dog because the weather has been too hot. Well, now is a perfect time to establish or re-establish a routine exercise program.

According to Better Health Channel, regular exercise is good for both your health and your dog’s health and can be great fun. There’s nothing like an exercise partner who’s waiting by the door with a wagging tail to keep you motivated!

Dog owners enjoy numerous health and social benefits by walking their dogs a few times a week. These benefits include:

*Improved cardiovascular fitness

*Lower blood pressure

*Strengthened muscles and bones

*Decreased stress levels

Regular walks can reduce obesity in your dog which can lower his risks of osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, and diabetes.

Most dogs need to be walked at least once each day, though some dogs, particularly very active dogs, may require more. The breed of dog you have, as well as his level of fitness and age, will determine how long and how vigorous your walk should be.

A walk can make a dog very happy. They love to check out the sights and smells and will really look forward to spending time with you. A dog that doesn’t receive sufficient exercise can easily become bored or destructive.

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