I love how excited dogs get when they know it's time for 'walkies'.
It's an essential part of their day and a time for both of you to get out and about and enjoy the health benefits of walking your dog.
Your walk doesn't even need to be overly long, with the length and intensity depending on factors like your dog's age and breed, and your own physical health.
The main thing is that you get out and pound that pavement!
If you don't have time to walk your dog, you can hire a dog walker like me!
Let's look at the top health benefits of walking your dog.
The positive health benefits of walking (for your dog)
When taken on regular walks, you'll find your dog is a happy and healthy little critter. Here's some ways walking benefits your dog:
Mental stimulation: When your dog spends the majority of time in your home, it can get bored of seeing the same thing all day long (which may lead to destructive behaviour. Walking provides mental stimulation as they explore new sights, smells and sounds of the world around them.
Social skills: Meeting other dogs and people is a great way to build your dog's social skills. When you're out walking, you'll likely bump into others so your dog can learn how to meet other dogs and behave accordingly. If they show signs of aggression, you may wish to consider some training to help them overcome anxiety around other dogs.
Overall health: Regular walking helps your dog maintain a healthy weight and avoid cardiovascular and liver disease. It also helps to keep their joints mobile and improves their functioning (even for old dogs). Walking is another way dogs can regulate their digestive and urinary tracts as it boosts their digestion levels.
The positive health benefits of walking (for you)
Walking your dog has health benefits for you too. It's proven that 30 minutes a day can significantly improve your life. These include:
Improved heart and lung fitness
Reduced risk for heart disease, heart attacks or strokes
Strong bones and improved bone density
Reduced body fat (that improves the health of your internal organs)
An increase in your muscle strength
The ability to go longer and improve your endurance
A way to manage diabetes, joint or muscle pain, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
Better mental health
And, above all the physical benefits, you get to spend quality time with your dog, which is a massive benefit for both of you!
We're changing the way you can book your dog walking (and all other) services
We're switching to a new software called ' Time to Pet' to improve how you book your dog walking (and all other) services with us.
It's a fantastic Pet Sitting Software where you have a personal client portal. When you log in, you can see all your pet information in one place, including future services, invoices, real-time updates on your pet and much more.
To activate your account, please visit Time To Pet, enter your email address, and click 'Send Activation Email'. You'll receive an email with a link to activate your account.
When you log in for the first time:
Review the information in the 'Pets' section and update if needed
Review the information in the 'My Info' section and update if needed
You may find it easier to download the app as you can view all your information, send and receive messages, request services and much more. You can also set up push notifications so you'll know when you get a new message.
There's plenty of help available if you need a hand setting up your account:
Visit the Time To Pet help section
Watch the walkthrough video on how to use the Time To Pet app
Please take a few minutes to get your account set up today!
If you don't have time to walk your dog, I'm here to help
As a qualified, fully insured pet minder and dog walker with over 10 years of experience (and many happy customers), I'm on hand to help you walk your dog if you have limited time or can't take them out for health reasons.
Using my new online booking form, you can book a pet minding service online, including dog walking.
Here's a reminder of all my services.
If we're meeting for the first time, please book a meet-and-greet session so I can meet your pet.
Until next time, pat your fur babies for me!