Dogs need regular walks. Cornell researchers have provided the first documentation that dogs’ sense of smell is integrated with their vision and other unique parts of the brain, shedding new light on how dogs experience and navigate the world. This is why it is important to walk your dog regularly, even if you have a backyard.

Having a backyard they can run in is important to raising a well behaved dog. A safe, secured, and fenced in yard is the safest way your dog can run (zoomies) and burn off energy. However, a backyard doesn’t provide enough socialization and enrichment dogs need. Dogs are an adventurous bunch and they use their sense of smell to see and discover the world. They want to experience the sight, smells, and sounds of the world around them. The world is their social media, and when they sniff, they are scrolling. Let them enjoy every opportunity.

Regular walks will help improve cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, gain stronger muscles and bones, and decrease stress. It will also help prevent obesity.

Another thing to consider is dogs get bored. That boredom may lead to messing in the house, destroying the furniture, and over excitement. Regular dog walks will temper the boredom and tire them out so they will not get so excited. Walking your dog may prevent excessive barking and give them new experiences. It will also help them with socialization.

What does a walk provide that a backyard can’t? A walk will develop your dogs social skills. They will get used to people, dogs, car ands motorcycle sounds, kids playing, and may other sights and sounds of the world. The more your dog is exposed to these sights and sounds, the more your dog will get used to them and be less fearful of them.

Many people may not have the time to walk their dogs. We all lead busy lives with work, school, and kid’s activities This is where we can come in and help. We can walk your dog for you, and they can get the exercise and stimulation they need, without you having to rearrange your life. Planet Paws Pet Care is not a substitute for you and your dog walks, we are a supplement for when you are busy.