How many of you dog owners leave the house promising every time that you will walk your dogs “tomorrow?” Maybe today you are either too busy, too tired, or plainly too lazy. Yet, research proves that every day you fail to exercise your dogs, you are seriously jeopardizing their health.
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.
Exercise can help to prevent all of these problems. A dog that is walked will have less excess energy to cause any trouble at home. More importantly, walking your dogs can also help to shape your own health! 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.
With the beautiful weather out, no dogs should be locked up at home. To make up for all the missed times we have failed to exercise your dogs, why not take your dogs for a nice surprise visit to a dog park? At a dog park, your dogs can get the full exercise and playtime off the leash. For instance, at the Green Springs Dog Park, there is plenty of open space as well as a nearby creek for the dogs to cool down. The next time you are feeling too lazy to walk your dogs, remember that your laziness is standing in your way of a happier and healthier life for you and your dog.