Of course, there are a few factors that can affect how many times you need to walk your dog (like breed, size, energy level, diet etc.). But fact is that regular exercise is important for a dog’s overall health and an important part of the daily routine.
How often should you walk your dog?
As already mentioned, there is no definite number of times because it mostly depends on what breed you have and its health condition and capability. For some breeds a walk once a day is enough but some others, especially high-energy ones (like Labrador Retriever, Dalmatian and Australian Shepherd), require more walks each day. As a general rule, you should give your pup a walk of at least 20 min, twice a day. And, make sure that your dog burns a bit energy by running and playing. If you want to be completely sure about how much walking time your dear friend needs, you can always consult your vet for help and information… and maybe even a proper walking schedule.
Health & well-being
Walking your dog daily improves your dog’s social behavior, creates a strong bond between you and your furry companion and keeps your pet fit and healthy. Walking your pup can also help reducing destructive chewing or scratching (if that should be an issue). Dogs are like children—if you don’t give them something constructive to do, they might take matters into their own paws.
However, the benefits are not just for your dog. Getting outdoors with your pup is beneficial for both of you. Spending time outside can boost your fitness as well and increase your overall sense of well-being. Daily walks can lower blood pressure, strengthen your bones and slash your diabetes risk. Who knows—you may even loose a few kg in the process!
Tractive Dog Walk app
Since walking is such a big part of a dog owner’s life, wouldn’t it be fun if you could see how much time you actually spend on walking? With the new Tractive Dog Walk app you can see the exact route, the distance and the duration of each walk you do with your dog. Dog Walk gives you a perfect overview of all your walks directly on your smartphone.
You can even take photos of your walks and share these great moments with friends and family – Quite a nice way to create ever lasting memories! And, do you wonder where your dog leaves his “special business”? The “poo & pee” feature tells you exactly where.
The free Dog Walk app works for iOS and is available on the app store. Get it now and start walking!
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