Why Dogs Need Outdoor Exercise

Dogs, like people, benefit in many ways from regular exercise. Properly exercised and stimulated dogs are healthier physically and mentally. They are better behaved, bark less, are less destructive, less hyper, less irritable and, therefore, often less aggressive toward other dogs. They are easier to train and less likely to have unfounded fears. They are less likely to demand attention in irritating ways. Dogs that are adequately exercised are more likely to be calmer, quieter, and better pets.

A Variety of Walk Options

The energy levels and exercise requirements of dogs vary with their age, breed, size and health. That’s why Susie’s Dog Walking offers a variety of walk options depending upon your needs and preferences as well as those of you dog.

A walk not only allows a dog to relieve itself, but it provides a change of scenery and sounds. It breaks up the boredom of the day. It provides them with the opportunity to meet other dogs and people, which improves their social skills. It provides mental stimulation. A walk is often the highlight of a dog’s day!

Smells Please

And probably most important to the dog, walks allow dogs to absorb and savor all the varied scents and smells of its outdoor surroundings. Dogs rely on their sense of smell to interpret their world, much the same way as humans rely on their sight. “The percentage of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is 40 times larger than that of man. It is estimated that dogs can identify smells somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000 times better than humans," says Stanley Coren, PhD and Sarah Hodgen. An outdoor walk is to a dog what reading the newspaper or watching the news is to a human. It explains what’s happening in his or her environment.

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