One of the best parts of my day is when I take a break from working at my home office and I take my dog Winnie for a walk. We go out 3 or 4 times a day alternating short and long walks and some times when I am stressed or inspiration is not around for a project, I just say "let's take a walk!" and it takes a second for Winnie to be ready and jumping at the door.
There are many benefits for you and your dog from taking a walk to the park or around the neighborhood. The dog feels that he is WITH you, that you care about him and feels loved. What a better experience for your friend than smelling the flowers and playing detective discovering clues from other dogs that were around before?
I could mention many benefits but here are a few:
- Creates a stronger bond between you and your dog - Helps your dog (and You) socialize and make new friends - The dog enjoys quality time with you - Improves your health (and your dog's!) - Releases stress and fills you with renewed energy - You (and your dog) will sleep better at night
You may had a hard day at work, or you don't have much free time during the week, but it is worth to see your dog's wagging tail and excited to go out, even for a short walk, don't skip it. If you have a garden where your dog enjoys being outdoors, do it anyway and enjoy the adventure. What a better partner to motivate you to do some exercise?
Some tips when you are out:
- Try not to walk long distances in extreme weather - Bring water for your dog if you will take a long walk - Watch your dog if there are young children around
What is your favorite spot to go for walk? a park? the beach? around your neighborhood? Share your experience on the comments section : )