When most people think of walking their dog, they usually think of their dog or puppy “doing their business,” or simply getting some exercise. But there are many other, very important reasons to walk your dog, and you may be surprised at the behavioural benefits!
According to Dr Marcela Salas, of Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, dogs holding on to their urine for long periods can lead to urinary tract infections. The highly concentrated urine a dog produces during a long wait can increase the likelihood of crystal formation and cystitis. Dr. Salas also points out that if your dog is old and creaky, she’ll benefit from getting up and taking a walk.
Socialization is one of the most important aspects in preventing or alleviating behaviour problems. Having regular leash walks around your village or town can help your dog to be properly socialized with people, other dogs, children, bicycles, and many other things.
This can help prevent fearful, skittish, or overly territorial behaviour, as well as many other problems. Excessive barking also usually stems from dogs thinking that every little sound is a threat. Learning to recognize normal daily occurrences such as neighbours unloading their groceries and children walking from the bus stop are significant in solving barking problems.
Running away or bolting out the door are other issues that regular walks can really help with. Dogs are social animals and they enjoy having lots of sensory stimulation in their lives. If your dog spends most of his time in the house and yard, he may be yearning to get out front where he can experience more of the world.
By walking your dog on a regular basis and spending some time with him out front, it can seem like less of a novelty to him, therefore being less of a temptation when the opportunity to escape arises.
“A tired dog is a good dog” can go a long way toward calming down a hyper or energetic dog or puppy. But keep in mind, walking your dog is not just for physical exercise… its mental too! Give your dog the workout it needs, resulting in a calmer, better behaved pet.
At Pace Your Pooch we can provide all your dogs needs, help with socialization giving your dogs experience with, parks, shopping centres, and other more populated areas on a regular basis, to experience the socialization and sensory encounters that are not easily met due to work commitments etc. Please contact Ashley for details & prices.
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