Why should you walk your dog? Because walking your dog regularly provides plenty of benefits for both of you. Here are three reasons to bundle up and hit the streets with your dog this fall.

Walking helps to keep you and your pet healthy.

Not only will you both reap the benefits of moving more (think slimmer waistlines, better blood chemistries, more efficient digestive systems, and more agile bodies), it’s been found that regular exercise also improves mental health.

Walking can improve behavior.

Perhaps you don’t need an attitude adjustment, but if your pup exhibits hyperactivity, destructive behavior, or attention-seeking behaviors, regular walks might prove to be the perfect medicine. Walking will help your dog burn off pent-up energy (if he knocks over furniture or jumps on people, he probably has pent-up energy), leading to a more relaxed demeanor and improved sleep. If your dog is chewing, digging, scratching, or excessively barking or whining, walks could help to reduce these destructive and attention-seeking behaviors.

Walking promotes the human-animal bond and builds trust.

Some of the destructive and attention-seeking behaviors mentioned above can be your pet’s way of saying, “Spend more time with me!” By heading out for a regular walk with your dog, you’ll grow the bond you share, build trust and confidence, and help to satisfy those cries for quality time.

Questions about walking an elderly dog or a dog with an injury? Be sure to check in with us to make sure taking your dog out for a walk is the right thing for your dog.