why walks are important for your dog

why walks are important for your dog

Sounds like a given that walks & exercise are important for your dog, right? 
Well it happens to be true! 
Regular exercise is essential for maintaining your doggo's optimal physical and mental health.

Weight Management

One of the most important things daily walks can do is keep your dog at a healthy weight. 
If your dog is overweight, it can lead to a multitude of problems such as:
▪ Putting more stress on your dog’s joints 
▪ Overweight dogs are more prone to heart disease and high blood pressure
▪ It can cause breathing problems
▪ It may increase the risk of certain tumors, benign and cancerous
▪ Overweight dogs can have extra skin folds, which can cause irritation and bacterial infections
▪ Being overweight can unfortunately take years off of your dog’s life

Behavior

In a number of ways, daily walks can help your dog’s overall behavior.
▪ Introducing exercise into their daily routine stimulates the production of serotonin (the feel-good chemical) and gets rid of extra energy/tension that can ultimately help reduce issues like separation anxiety or nervous tension
▪ Mental stimulation leads to good brain health
▪ It can help your dog become more obedient because they have less energy They can be more focused and less spastic when they are more tuckered out
▪ Exercise and daily outings can help with socialization. When your dog is more socialized, chances are he will be less anxious or stressed in new environments, making the groomer, veterinarian, or trip to grandma’s more enjoyable

    Overall Health

    Regular exercise is crucial to maintaining your dog’s overall health.
    Exercising affects everything from your dog’s weight, to joints and skin.
    ▪  Exercise is the single most important - and easiest - thing you can do to help maintain good joint health for your dog
    ▪  When you take your dog outside for a walk, they will also get some vitamin D from the sun! Vitamin D is good for your doggo’s skin and coat health
    ▪  Regular exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease and other illnesses
    ▪  An active dog is less prone to digestive problems
    ▪  A dog that gets daily walks will be less susceptible to urinary infections
     ▪  Walking stimulates urination and helps eliminating harmful bacteria before these may cause an infection
    ▪  An active dog will be less susceptible to depression and can live longer
     

    As you can see, taking your dog for regular walks has many health benefits. Though it can be an easy activity to skip, your dog will thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to better their health and well-being! Then after walkies you can give them their favorite antler chew treat!

    Elk antler chews are 100% natural and full of protein, phosphorus, and calcium. They also help keep teeth clean and have no preservatives, additives or chemicals. Antler chews are the perfect healthy treat to add to your dog’s health routine.
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