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Top Ten Health Benefits Walking Provides Your Pet

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Get Moving!

It is common knowledge that exercise is beneficial to human health. While you probably take your pet walking at least to relieve itself, you may have overlooked how beneficial exercise can also be to your pet’s health. Here are ten health benefits you can provide to your pet by walking it regularly.

#10 Helps Keep Pets Healthy

This one is a no-brainer. Exercise is good for us all. It provides many health benefits that include keeping your pet healthy, agile, and limber.

#9 Helps with Weight Control

An overweight pet is not a healthy pet. In addition to regulating its diet, to keep your pet in tip-top shape, you should be doing your best to provide regular exercise as well.

#8 Helps the Digestive System

Regular walks can be extremely beneficial to your pet’s digestive system, and they can aid in relieving constipation.

#7 No More Destructive Behavior

Regular walks, as well as other forms of exercise, can help reduce or eliminate any of your pet’s destructive chewing, digging, or scratching. Pets are like children: If you are not giving them something constructive to do, you may not like what they choose to do.

#6 No More Hyperactivity

Walks can help to alleviate extra energy your pet may have, calming it down and reducing any hyperactivity, excitability, and even nighttime activity. A walk can help your pet to feel more relaxed and sleepy rather than restless at bedtime.

#5 No More Unruliness

Behaviors such as knocking over furniture or jumping on people can be a sign of pent up energy. Regular walks will help curb this.

#4 No More Attention-Seeking Behaviors

Barking and whining are just signs that your pet wants some attention from you. Regular walks together will help both of you to stay healthy, and …

#3 Help Promote Your Bond

Spending time with your pet is extremely important. It strengthens the bond between you and leads to a strong, trusting relationship. Walk to strengthen your bond and your bodies!

#2 Helps Build Trust

If you have a timid or fearful pet, regular walks can help your pet to build confidence and trust. You will likely be exposing your pet to other humans and animals alike, and with you there for comfort your pet can learn to be comfortable around them.

#1 Helps Your Health Too

Walking a pet is sometimes regarded as a chore. However, it shouldn’t be, as it is beneficial for all involved. The health benefits you will gain from walking are as great as for your pet!

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  • Keep fit!
    09/15/2015 06:06pm

    I walk my own two shelties at least five miles every morning. I also walk dogs for other people. Along with the walking, we do obedience and agility training. A walk should be just that...a walk. A bit of sniffing around at the beginning or end is okay but once you are going, the dog should not be allowed to stop to mark and sniff repeatedly. (If he actually needs to relieve himself, that's okay, obviously.) If you walk at a good pace and hit a few hills you can both get pretty fit. Both of my dogs are trim, as am I, and it isn't because we diet constantly. You'd be surprised what a good hike will do for you!

  • Cats Like Walks Too!
    09/15/2015 06:52pm

    I've been walking my cat Ty for 12 years now (he's turning 13 this December). We never miss our once-an-evening walk, even if it's raining or snowing. We both enjoy the time outside, and he gets to explore his outdoor environment in a safe manner. For anyone interested, I posted an article a couple of years ago that offers an in-depth, how-to guide on getting started walking your feline companion. It's posted on our website (we sell cat window patios called "Kitty Peepers" and you can find it here: http://catswithanaltitude.com/was-that-a-cat-on-a-leash.html

    Hope this helps some fellow PetMD cat lovers out there!