5 Serious Effects of Not Walking Your Dog
Owning a dog comes with many responsibilities. Dogs are difficult pets to keep and require a lot of time, energy, attention, and patience. They enjoy being with their owners, whether it's hugging, playing, feeding, or just lying there staring at them. Dogs can't be left alone together for very long. They depend on their owners to live a healthy and happy life. An important part of caring for dogs is able to take them for fairly regular walks.
Dogs are curious and often energetic, and they love to explore with their owners, even if it's the same route every single time. A study from 2016 found that almost 50 percent of pet owners weren't walking their dogs regularly. Walking has many benefits for both humans and dogs. Studies have shown that for overweight people/dogs, a 30-minute walk, three times per week can reduce blood pressure, increase energy, improve the sense of well-being, and lower your weight by 5% and your dog’s by 15%. If you neglect a walk too often, your dog is the one who is going to suffer the negative effects... and that's probably not what you want. Here's what happens if you don't walk your dog:
1. They Don't Get Enough Exercise
Dogs need exercise to be healthy and happy — and a walk is a great way for them to get exercise. This is especially true if you don't have a backyard where they can run around whenever they want. If your dog gets a lot of exercise from playing with you in your yard or at a dog park you take them to regularly, that's great! Maybe you don't need to walk them as often. But if they never really get out of your place, you should make time for a stroll.
They don’t get that most important exercise. This can have numerous effects on their health. Their muscles become weak, making them more prone to injury and joint problems. Their cardiovascular system doesn’t get the use it needs resulting in potential heart issues and a weakened immune system.
2. They don't understand their environment
Dogs are naturally curious and like to explore. If they stay in your house all the time, and after a while, exploring their yard can get a little boring, they can't. Walking around allows your dog to see, smell, and hear new things, giving them a chance to learn about their environment. Not getting this opportunity can affect your dog’s confidence, making them timid and frightened when they encounter new situations.
3. They Get Bored, Which Leads To Bad Behavior
One of the best things about taking your dog on a walk is that it keeps them entertained. Dogs can easily get bored, and their boredom doesn't just result in them laying around being lazy — it often results in bad behavior. Found Animals says, "Any unwanted behavior that your dog exhibits is often borne of frustration and boredom. A bored dog with energy to burn will find things to do to amuse herself. These things will most likely not amuse you." If your dog chews everything, digs up holes, or just gets into annoying situations, they might need to get their energy out on a walk.
4. They Don't Learn How To Be Social
Another advantage of taking your dog for a walk? They have the opportunity to see and maybe even meet other dogs. If your dog isn't taught to be social, they might not be that friendly to other dogs, which could result in a problem in the future. Walking is a great opportunity to help your dog learn acceptable ways of socially interacting with new animals. It will also help build doggy confidence so your pet will be less afraid to make friends."
5. Their Mind Isn't Kept As Active
Regular walks give dogs much-needed physical exercise, but it's also a mental activity as well. Walks for a dog are an excellent opportunity to stimulate their minds. They do this by the sights, sounds, and smells they come across. Keeping a dog’s min active is just as important as physical activity for the body.