I could walk with you fur-ever!

We all know that our dogs need walks. They need exercise, as well as mental stimulation, to be content and stable. Of course, it doesn’t hurt us to get some outdoor physical exercise, as well. And, the bonding, exercise, and connecting with nature raises our spirits, too.

There have been numerous studies on the benefits dog walking brings for humans:

Boosts motivation to get some exercise, especially if you feel you’re doing it for your canine friend. In fact, dog owners walk significantly more than people who don’t own dogs, 150.3 minutes versus 110.9 minutes per week.
Helps manage stress. Just being around a dog can lower your levels of cortisol, the human stress hormone.
Increases self-esteem. The companionship of our nonjudgmental and loving canine friends has several mental health benefits, including increasing our sense of self-esteem.
Connects us with nature. While your dog is connecting with nature, so are you. If you put down your phone, pay attention to your surroundings, and get in touch with nature, it can increase your focus and well-being. Anecdotally, dog walking is useful for problem-solving and getting yourself “unstuck.”
Increases your sense of community. Dog walking is a great opportunity for socializing, for both you and your dog. Your dog gets to experience new people, surroundings, and other dogs. And you might find yourself chatting with other dog walkers or neighbors.
Alleviates boredom for both of you. Walking alone can feel lonely or even boring. And sitting alone in the yard isn’t too exciting for your dog, either. A walk with an enthusiastic canine is instant companionship.

Resource American Kennel Club

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