Every time you leave the house, you see the sad eyes of your dog watching you. You leave with the lame excuse that you will walk your dog “tomorrow” because today you are too busy, or you are simply too lazy. When you do walk your dog, you merely walk up and down your block for a couple of minutes. Does this sound familiar?
While we call our dogs our “best friends,” we seriously jeopardize their health every day we fail to exercise them. According to sizetheleash.com, exercising your dogs is important for their mental health because by instinct, dogs are walkers/travelers. When we walk our dogs, we release their mental and physical energy. A lack of exercise allows for the buildup of mental energy, which contributes to behavioral problems such as hyper activity, neurotic or obsessive compulsive behaviors, and more.
These behavioral problems can be prevented, simply with exercise. A dog that is walked will have less excess energy to cause any trouble at home. More importantly, you can strengthen your own health by walking your dogs! According to research conducted at Michigan State University, dog walkers had higher overall levels of both moderate and vigorous physical activity, and were also more likely to take part in other leisure-time physical activities such as sports. On average, they also exercised about 30 minutes a week more than those who did not have dogs.
The beautiful weather out provides the perfect opportunity to take your dogs on a nice trip. Rather than following routine of walking your dog just around the neighborhood, take him for a surprise visit to a dog park! At a dog park, your dogs can set your dogs off the leash and give them the full exercise and playtime they need. Parks such as the Colonial Greenway Dog Park features large open spaces and provide perfect workout spaces for you and your dog, as well as a chance to socialize with other dog owners and playmates for you dog. Get the exercise you and your dog need, as well as makeup for some much-missed bonding time with your dogs outdoors!