How Often Should You Walk Your Dog?
In a perfect world, we would be able to get all of our work done, have a spotless home, and take long meandering walks with our pets every day. But unfortunately we only have 24 hours in a day and they slip by at an amazingly fast pace.
The rule of thumb for walks is that you should walk your dog at least twice a day for 15 minutes. This can vary depending on breed and temperament. A Smaller dog may need fewer and shorter walks and may be fine with only one 20 minute walk a day. Larger dogs may need more or longer walks to get the exercise they need to stay fit. Also, hyperactive dogs no matter what size may also need more than two walks a day to get out all of their energy.
If you’re finding it hard to fit walks into your daily schedule, then it may be time to hire a pet sitter and here’s why:
The Benefits of Hiring a Dog Walker:
- Physical & Mental Health: It is no secret that obesity is on the rise for both humans and our pets. Getting regular exercise is critical in warding off possible health problems such as osteoarthritis or diabetes. Sometimes daily walks are the only exercise your dog gets all day and they need it to stay healthy and strong. Plus, getting outside for stimulation and socialization is great for their mental health. If your dog is cooped up inside all of the time, they can get lonely and even depressed which affects their behavior.
- Improved Behavior: If your dog is good and tired at the end of the day from getting enough exercise there is a chance that they won’t have the desire to chew on your shoes or bark at everything that moves outside. Also, the routine of having a dog walker will help your dog be more disciplined and will be more likely to follow commands.
- Clear Conscious For You: At end of the day, you’re tired and a lot of times getting outside for an ample walk is a looming task. You feel guilty that you just thought of your pet as a chore or even guiltier because you skipped their walk in favor for Netflix and PJ’s. But you don’t have to feel guilty when you have a dog walker there to help. Hiring a trusted and professional will put your mind at ease because you will know that your pet is being well taken care of while you’re at work.
It’s easy to see why having a dog walker is a great benefit not just for your dog, but for you as well. Making sure your dog gets regular exercise and socialization is extremely important in their overall health.
Don’t hesitate to Contact us today to learn more about how you can get the benefits of a professional dog walker.