Do you have a dog that won’t stop barking? Do you have a dog that constantly turns a deaf ear to your commands? Do you have a dog that thinks your shoes and furniture are his chew toys? If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then your dog has a lot of pent-up energy that leads to behavioral problems. We may have a solution for you. It’s quite simple. Take him on a walk.
In the wild, dogs roam for miles every day. The instinct still exists in every dog, so if your dog doesn’t get to fulfill his instincts now and then, he’ll go crazy. By crazy, we mean barking, chewing stuff, getting overly excited upon your arrival, urinating inside the house, developing obsessive-compulsive behavior, and more behavioral problems. Think about it this way: we crave human interaction every now and then. It’s just the way we’re wired. Let’s say someone locks you in a pitch-black, windowless room for one month. You’re completely alone. You have no one to see, touch, and hear. Imagine how crazy you’d be at the end of the stint! It’s generally the same thing with dogs. They live to roam, and if they can’t do that, they lash out by allocating their energy somewhere else.
Walking your dog puts him in a calm state of mind, so it’s always best to walk him every morning before you leave for work, and/or every evening before you give him dinner. Experts agree that going on 30-minute walks with your dog 5 times a week is enough to give your dog the exercise and mental well-being he needs.
It’s proven that dogs of all breeds and types that are walked on a regular basis are less likely to be destructive, obsessive, and exhibit other behavioral issues. For a dog, a walk is really about being part of a pack. Dogs only walk with members of their pack (including you! Flattered? You should be!) A daily walk reinforces the pack structure. If you have more than one dog, you should walk them all together.
Believe it or not, dogs want to obey commands. It challenges them and leaves them with a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of fulfillment. Exercise your dog’s brain by taking him on a disciplined walk, which includes making him go where you want and telling him where and when to stop.
Many people seem to think that if a dog gets to stay in a fenced-in yard, he doesn’t need to go on a walk. That’s not true. To dogs, a fenced-in yard is just a bigger kennel. Dogs don’t entertain themselves, so they don’t exercise (unless there’s someone to play with them). More likely, he will just hang out in there, barking and digging the lawn. Dogs needs to move in such a way they would in the wild.
Not only does walking your dog help him exercise, it also puts him in rest mode and keeps him mentally stable. So grab that leash and take your dog outside! He’ll