The Importance of Outdoor Activity!
Published on: February 21, 2017
The Importance of Outdoor Activity – People and dogs alike need a certain amount of time spent outdoors. Warm sunshine, fresh air, soft grass and simple exercise are some of the best ways to help improve mood and well being. Spending quality time outside can also help improve your dogs health, behavior and their bond with you!
Dogs who spend a lot of time laying about indoors are more likely to become overweight. This can increase the likelihood of developing diseases like osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, kidney disease, cancer and more. Regular exercise like walking, running, hiking or agility training can help keep your dog at healthy weight and improve their overall wellness.
Spending time outdoors can also help with your dog’s behavior. Being indoors every day gets boring, and bored dogs tend to get in trouble. They chew furniture, get in the trash, dig up the yard or stay up all night. By going for walks outdoors, your dog uses up their excess energy and gets to explore the world around them. This keeps them stimulated both physically and mentally.
Most importantly, your dog loves spending time with you! Snuggling on the couch is great, but dogs are pack-oriented animals. When they get to explore new terrains and have adventures with their favorite human, it just reaffirms the bond you two share. So grab the leash and collar (or harness, dog-pack, life vest, etc.) and have some fun!
For questions about what outdoor gear is best for your dog, ask one of the knowledgeable associates at your locally owned and operated Wag N’ Wash!