As we all know, exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for you and your dog. From keeping off the extra pounds to improving brain function, a good workout regimen comes with a ton of health benefits for both pets and pet parents alike. Daily walks are the perfect way to get in some exercise while also sharing some quality bonding time with your best friend. While there are many more we could call out, here are our top 5 reasons why you should include at least one walk as a part of your dog’s daily routine.


Good for Physical and Mental Well-being

Studies have proven, in both dogs and humans, that daily exercise helps reduce the risks of heart disease, depression, diabetes, anxiety, and some forms of cancer (just to name a few!)3. Taking only 30 minutes out of your day to walk with your best canine friend can be extremely beneficial for your and your pet’s physical and mental well-being.


Socialization Skills

Socialization skills are important for training a well-rounded dog. Use your daily walk time as a training exercise to get your dog comfortable around different kinds of dogs and people. You might end up making some new friends too!


Reduce Destructive Behavior

Under-stimulation (boredom!) in pets can lead to anxiety and destructive behaviors such as chewing, digging, or scratching3. If your dog is exhibiting some of these behaviors, then it is probably time to get up and play. Daily walks are a great way to channel your dog’s energy into something much more fun and constructive.


Get More Sleep

If bedtime is a nightmare due to your canine having insomnia, your pet may have too much pent-up energy causing you to miss out on some much needed sleep4. Getting out and walking with your dog a few hours before bed can help him (and you) wind down for the night allowing you both to get some much needed rest.


Strengthen Your Bond

Regularly walking with your dog is a great way to strengthen the human-animal bond while also getting in your daily exercise. The time you spend walking with your dog will build trust and companionship which are some the most rewarding aspects of being a pet parent3. Plus, it gives your dog something fun to look forward to every day!


While today’s fast paced lifestyle can easily cut into the time we spend walking our pets, a daily walk with your best friend should be something you strive to make time for. There’s no better way to return the love our pets give us every day, and it’s one of the easiest things you can do to keep them happy and healthy.




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