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Pet Health

Walking your Dog is NOT a Pastime

Taking your dog for his daily walks might seem like a routine after doing it for so long, thus you might be wondering why there is a day dedicated exclusively to this. The short answer is to create awareness about the importance of pet fitness and how walking them daily will help achieve it.

Note: February 22nd -” National Walk Your Dog Day ”

Below are some of the reasons why you should walk your dog regularly?.

1) Walking keeps both you and your dog fit

Walking keeps both humans and their pets fit and healthy. Just 15 to 30 mins walk every day will help you both stay healthy both physically and mentally.

2) Bonding time

Walking every day with your pet helps in solidifying your bond. Switching up routes once in a while, meeting new people and pets helps in socializing. This way both you and your dog can explore a new place and create various experiences together.

3) Walking helps with stress and anxiety

We all know walking every day is great for our body, and so is for our pets too. As it reduces blood pressure and boosts immune systems in humans, it helps to calm their nerves and alleviate stress in pets. Pets can also benefit mentally from doing small exercises.

4) Social magnets

Like humans, dogs are social creatures. Take them on a walk to dog parks where they can interact with other dogs and play for a while. You can also interact with other dog parents and exchange stories and tips. It’s a great way to socialize.

Now that we have given you a few reasons to walk your pet, here are some things you should consider before starting a routine

  1. Make sure your dog does not have any health issues. Take them to a vet and ask them for the ideal exercise routine. That way both you and your pet can be safe during your walking routines.
  2. Make sure your dog has access to water during walks and keep their body temperature on the check. Also keep their paws protected during winters.
  3. Last but not least, wearing bright coloured collars and leashes helps during walks.

Keep these key points in mind and have fun!

Pet Health

Are you walking your dog right?

Dogs love going for walks no matter how old they are. It allows them to go out and explore. Just like humans, dogs do need a break from their routine life and going out on walks helps them relieve stress and get fresh air.

Walking has also proven to have increased the bond between the owner and the pet. It is a good exercise to take your dog out on a walk when they are bored. This not only kills their boredom but also increases their love for you.

Here are a few things that you must know before taking your dog out on a walk.

How to prepare your dog for a walk?

Have a fixed time to walk your dog

What worries most of the pet parents is finding the right time to walk their dog. Walking your dog is as important as anything else that you do in a day. Make sure that you have a fixed time to walk your dog. This ensures that there is a balance in your dog’s metabolic rate.

Also, when you make this a routine, you will not skip out on it. This will turn out as a benefit for both you and your dog. If you are someone who has limited physical activities, taking your dog out on a walk is a chance for you to sweat out as well.

Have a fixed distance and route

Have about 2-3 routes and make sure that you walk your dog in the same route. This will allow you and your dog to make friends. As a pet parent, you must know how far your dog can walk. Make sure that you adhere to it. In case your dog does not want to walk or sits down while walking, chances are that they have a problem in their legs. Visit a Vet immediately. Problems such as socket articulation disorder can be treated if identified earlier.

Do not force your dog if he does not walk. Dogs love walking, if they do not want to walk, it means that they are either cranky or something is not right in their body.

Find the right kind of harness

The harness that you use to walk your dog is very important. This determines how comfortable both you and your dog are going to be while walking. A harness gives you complete control over your dog. A lot of dog parents prefer using a harness over a collar as it does not strain the dog’s neck. Using a collar renders a force at the back of the neck when the dog walks forward causing Ocular Proptosis. It also helps in breaking the pulling habit.

There are different types of the harness that are available.

  • Front clip harness
  • Back clip harness
  • Head Collar harness

Carry poop bags

As a responsible pet owner, you need to make sure that you leave no traces. Get a bag holder that you can attach to your dog’s leash or stuff a few covers in your pocket before going for a walk. Pick up the poop and deposit the filled bags in the dustbin. Keeping the neighborhood clean is our responsibility as well.

Carry water for your pet

This is a must when you are walking your dog during summer. Dogs often get tired and dehydrated when they walk for a long time. Make sure that you carry enough water and in case you feel that your pooch is getting dehydrated, stop and make him/her drink the water immediately.

Carry essentials

Depending on the season your essentials to walk your dog will vary. When it is summer, it is best to walk your dog in the evenings. Check the heat on the floor before you start walking. The best way to check that is to put your palm on the floor and see how hot it is. If it is hot for you then it is hot for your dog as well. Talk to your Vet and get cooling pads for your dog’s paws if you live in a high-temperature zone.

During winter, make sure that you fully clothed your dog with shoes and sweaters before you take him/her out.

Ask before you let your dog make friends

Do not assume that every dog you meet will be as friendly as your dog. Make sure that you ask the fellow pet owner the nature of their dog before you let yours make contact with them. If either of the dogs show signs that are not comfortable, retreat immediately.

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