Effective Ways of Walking Your Dog

Effective Ways of Walking Your Dog

Quite often walking your dog becomes an overwhelming and draining experience, especially when they dominate the errand. Also, you have to be alert at all times to ensure that your dog does not eat up garbage lying on the road. Hence, it is an exercise that may leave you exhausted, both physically and emotionally, but the secret behind your pet’s health and happiness revolves around walking and exercise. Hence, here are a few effective measures to make you and your pet’s walking exercise a pleasurable and healthy experience.

Regular walking ensures that your pet does not indulge in destructive activities like chewing, biting and scratching. It maintains their bowel movements and also prevents excessive weight gain. Exposing your dog to the outside world subtly inculcates discipline in them to interact amicably with other humans. They display reduction in anxiety pangs or fear symptoms. The best moments spent with your dog is generally during walks, where they bond with you strongly and are brimming with overflowing affection. It also goes a long way in moulding your fitness quotient as you burn calories every time you step out with your pet.

According to the World Health Organization, children 5-17 years old should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous (aerobic) exercise every day. Adults 18-64 years old should engage in moderate exercise for 30 minutes 5 days a week and engage in strengthening exercises at least twice weekly. Seniors over 65 should also participate in moderate exercise 5 days a week, engage in strengthening exercise 2 or more days a week, and add flexibility and balance routines at least 3 days a week.

Avoiding Stinking Spots

Dogs have a tendency to investigate smelly areas like garbage dumps, food storage etc. and linger on. Their walking regime is a combination of smelling and scampering. Hence, the ideal way to prevent them from getting themselves filthy in the dump yard is to keep them on leash and raise your voice to say ‘No’. Give them a treat when they obey. Gradually, they will refrain from getting attracted to filth.

Implementing Force on the Leash

The moment you harness the leash on your dog, they might have a tendency to pull you forcefully. This can be dealt with tactfully with a little training. Professional trainers can help you ease the burden and train your pet immaculately to walk at your pace. For every favourable act, give them an appreciation and a treat. Try to keep a close leash to indicate that you prefer your pet to walk alongside you. If you loosen the leash to a longer length, it gives a feeling that he is free to increase his pace. Hence, try to keep the leash smaller during the training phase.

Stationed Stubbornly

There might be moments when your pet stops suddenly and does not move with you irrespective of your coaxing, tugging, pulling, pleading and even tempting with treats. You may consider showing him to a doctor for injury/medical grounds or your pet may simply not want to go on a walk. You have to be patient and cajole him to convince walking with you.

Tug of War with the Leash

Whenever you get ready, your dog may run and grab the leash excitedly. You need to train him to sit calmly and behave properly if he wants to go for a walk. Give him a treat whenever he listens to you and scold him if he bites & pulls the leash out of excitement. However, you can be lenient at times as his cute behaviour is somewhat amusing to the senses.

Avoiding the zig zag movements

Dogs have a strong sense of smell and prefer to be following a trail through their sense of smell. In the process of tracking their discovery, they zig zag their way excitedly without realising that it might be nauseating you. Hence, try to keep the leash length smaller so that they walk adjacent to you and get rewarded every time they listen to you.

In a 2008 study based in Seattle and Baltimore, adults who regularly walked their dogs were less likely to be obese than their non dog-owning neighbors. In addition, walking for 30 minutes a day will reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, colon and breast cancer, and type-2 diabetes.

Adult humans require 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that 1 in 3 adults do not get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is associated with a higher risk of developing conditions like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Regular exercise lowers blood pressure and resting heart rate, as well as your risk for developing cardiovascular disease. The CDC recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week. This comes out to just over 20 minutes of exercise per day for you. With your dog by your side, this can be an easy benchmark to hit. You can make your bonding stronger with your pet by adopting a healthy lifestyle and enjoy each other’s company by complementing your pulses and vibes. Walking your pet is not only beneficial for your pet but also for your creature companion. The love amidst both of you is reciprocal and that is the reason why your affection grows with every passing day. Their love grips you and you stay strong to keep them healthy & happy. These simple techniques will help you enjoy your journey with your pet and make every walk a pleasant memory to cherish. Hence, walking your dog is the most befitting way for you and your family to embark on the journey towards Healthy Living!

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