Nothing says “responsible dog owner” as much as going for the obligatory daily walk. This is such a common occurrence because not only are daily walks needed, but they are fun! We encourage all dog owners to walk their dogs each day starting from a young age. Going on a walk is good exercise, it helps with socialization, it provides tons of mental stimulation, and its fun!
Many dogs don’t get enough exercise and this often leads to obesity and other health problems. Daily walks can help prevent this since they are a safe form of exercise that a dog can enjoy throughout their entire life. Young puppies aren’t ready for intense exercise yet due to their rapidly developing bodies, but short walks are great! Ten minutes is a great starting place with a young puppy and then increase the length through time.
Walks are also great because they will help you socialize your pup. Socialization is so important that we have a full article on it that you should read (link)! When out on your daily walks your pup will see people, dogs, other animals, trucks, cars, and countless other things they will be exposed to throughout their lives. Seeing them during their Critical Socialization Period is incredibly important!
Your pup will also get a lot of mental stimulation on their daily walk which is very important for their well being. They need to chance to see new things, hear new things and smell new things! Dogs live for adventure and being cooped up all day in the house is not enough for them to live their best live. A simply daily walk adds so much stimulation to their day and really does make a difference.
And we can’t forget the last reason daily walks are imporant. They are fun!!!!! Walks are such a great time to bond with your pup and really bond together. There is no greater joy than exploring the great outdoors with your little buddy!