It is fair to say that there are few things more universally beloved in this world than dogs. From Shih-Tzu lapdogs in the Ming Dynasty to the Queen and her Corgis to the countless pooches whom Presidents have allowed to stroll the White House front lawn, dogs have left their paw prints all over the halls of power. The world of writers and artists is rife with dog lovers as well, from Ernest Hemingway to Pablo Picasso to Marilyn Monroe and beyond. You may not be as famous as all of that, but there’s no reason why you and your dog can’t enjoy a special bond together.
That bond can be solidified all the more by taking them for walks.
Here are a few things that we love about taking our dogs for walks, and how they can enrich both of your lives.
Keeping You and Your Dog Healthy
First and most obviously, taking your dog for a walk is essential for making sure that they are able to remain in good health. Dogs have lots of energy and require lots of exercise. Keeping them cooped up around the house will deny them that. Even if you allow them the chance to run around your backyard, it is still a good idea to let them really let loose by walking them or taking them out to play in the park.
What’s more, all of this can filter down and have a positive impact on your health as well. We know better than ever the importance of exercise in our own short and long-term health and wellbeing. Taking your dog for a walk can encourage you to get some exercise as well, and both of you will be better for it.
Keeping Your Dog Happy
In addition, you want to do everything possible to keep your dog happy. Walks are a great and inexpensive way to do just that. It doesn’t cost a thing, and it gives them a chance to work off some energy and explore – and who wouldn’t be happy being able to do that?
Giving Your Dog Socialization Opportunities
Dogs are naturally social creatures, and thus require socialization opportunities to live fully happy and healthy lives. Taking your dog for a walk can be a great way to ensure they get the chance to socialize with other dogs and owners. That said, you always want to be sure to keep an eye on your dog while taking them out to socialize, as you don’t want them accidentally running amok or getting “too friendly” with anyone.
As stated at the outset, taking your dog for a walk can be a great way to bond with them. In the same way parents and children need to spend time together to bond, the same holds true for you and your dog. Taking them for a walk is an activity that can help increase the bond between you, and that’s something no one can put a price on.
All in all, when done correctly, dog walking can be as an experience that’s as precious as it is priceless.