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Posted on 02-13-2018

The Benefits of Walking Your Dog with Your Bloomington Veterinarian

Dog with leash waiting to be walked

Dog ownership provides a great opportunity to increase our exercise and activity levels, but that is just the beginning of the benefits for your furry friend. Regular walks provide more than just necessary exercise, with numerous benefits in addition to those that are physical. It is common knowledge that one of the main contributors of troublesome behavior in our pet dogs is excess energy and boredom. Rather than punishing your dog's misbehavior, it may be more effective to take it as a sign that they need more activity. Walking your dog every day will help you and them, both physically, mentally, and emotionally. Getting your dog outside and sniffing will help them to lead a more enjoyable life!

A Healthy Activity Level and Sensory Stimulation

While on their walks, pet dogs get a lot of sensory stimulation that helps them to feel energized and curious; this can improve their overall disposition. They also have the opportunity to interact with other people and pets and expand their world beyond the house and the backyard. If your dog is starting to misbehave or has grown lethargic, increasing the frequency and length of their walks may be just what the doctor ordered! A 30-minute walk is ideal, at a frequency of 5 times per week. Many owners like to take Fido out for two quick walks with one longer one at the end of the day. However it works into your schedule, a regular exercise session will help you both remain healthy and happy!

Dogs are social creatures by nature, and they love to explore their territories and check out all of the smells! Pairing up with a friend or neighbor can help both you and the dogs to gain even more from your work. Regular exercise can also add longevity to both of your lives. There is no time like the present to get out there and get moving!

Your Bloomington Veterinarian can Help You Today

Regular walks are just one part of a comprehensive care plan for your pet's wellness. Dr. Tatro and the team welcome the opportunity to care for your dog or other pet. Please call our office today at (309) 663-1414 to schedule an appointment. The Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital is conveniently located at 612 IAA Drive in Bloomington.

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