The Importance of Walking Your Dog

Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. — John Grogan

bored-pupDo you walk your dog? Do you walk her/him daily? In today’s fast-paced world, it doesn’t seem like we have much time to take our dogs out for a well-structured walk. We’re too busy trying to earn a living. Some of us have two, maybe three jobs just to put food on the table and pay the rent. So who has time to walk a dog? Well, that’s what I would like to do for you.

So why should you hire me to walk your dog? That’s a very good question. There are hundreds if not thousands of dog walkers out there. What makes me so special? I’ll get to that in one sec. But before I do, let me first explain why it’s so important to walk your dog by painting a picture.

Dogs are living, breathing creatures just like you and me. And you like you and I, we need food, water, exercise, entertainment, and love. We all need those basic essentials and we all do our darndest to fulfill them. When it comes to exercise and entertainment, well, to each their own, right? Some of us don’t all get to the gym as much as we should, while others live by it. But we all do chores around the house like mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, preparing food, what have you. The point is that we all get some sort of exercise in some way form or fashion.  By the same token, we all have a favorite activity to keep us entertained. Some people play sports. Others prefer to sit in front of a TV. Some like to browse the web on their computers. Others like to read a good book. We ALL do something to stimulate our minds. Whatever your pleasure is, you have something that keeps you active and/or that entertains you.

What if someone took all of that away from you? What if someone kept you in a room with no TV, no books, no internet. And maybe two or three times a day they’d come in to feed you and to make sure you had plenty of water. And just to be nice they’d might even rub your belly a little, but then they’d walk away and leave you in that room all by yourself, with just your thoughts? Would that be a life worth living?

If I were in that situation, I’d go crazy. I’d probably start bouncing off the walls, yelling and screaming, breaking things just to get some attention. Even if the attention I get is negative, at least it’s something.

So why am I painting this eerie picture? I’m not doing this to make you feel bad. I don’t want you to feel bad. The purpose of this website is to educate people about their dogs. That picture, however horrible sounding it is, that is the life of a dog that doesn’t get regular structured walks.

Dogs that don’t get regular structured walks are bored out of their minds and they will often find ways to amuse themselves in ways that you may not understand nor appreciate. Some examples might be constant barking, chewing on your shoes or slippers, destroying your property, aggression towards other animals or people, unwanted surprises of the fecal kind, the list goes on and on. A lot of these behavioral problems are a direct result of boredom. Face it, if you were locked in a room with nothing to do, you might also resort to some of these behaviors.

How do you entertain a dog? Good question. Think about what entertains you. Humans are visual people. We consume a host of visual stimuli to engage our brains to keep us entertained and hence sane. Dogs, on the other hand, experience the world through their noses. When a puppy is first born their eyes and ears are shut close. They can’t see or hear for several weeks. However, their noses are as developed as they’ll ever get.

A dog experiences the world via their nose. Their sense of smell is everything to them, just like pretty pictures and words are to us. They live for it. If it was left to their own devices dogs would wander for hours on end smelling everything. The world is their facebook and have you noticed that they pee on everything. That’s like them commenting on a post.

Dogs need daily structured walks in their lives. Food, water, and love are awesome and they need that too. I bet you are giving your dog more than they’ll ever need when it comes to those necessities. Why not go the extra mile and walk them regularly?

For those of you who can’t take the time to walk their dogs because you can’t because time is scarce. I mean, who wants to wake up an hour before they have to, to walk around aimlessly through their neighborhood carrying a bag of dog waste. Who wants to come home after a hard days work to do the same? I couldn’t be more sympathetic. Walking is more of a chore than a fun activity for some of us and it’s okay. That’s why dog walkers exist. That’s why we are here for. To help you keep your dogs well exercised and mentally stimulated. So that when you come home, you’ll have a tired puppy with ZERO interest in your shoes or slippers. Because a tired puppy is a good puppy.

Hopefully, by now, you understand why it’s so important to walk your dog and that it’s not just a leisure activity for them. So why should you hire me? That is completely up to you. You should hire a dog walker that you feel comfortable with. Remember, this person will have access to not only your pet but your home, your belongings. You must have a rapport with your dog walker. My suggestion is to shop around and find someone whom you feel comfortable with. Sit down with them and have a conversation about your pet, life, the Yankees, whatever… Get to know your dog walker. And most importantly, make sure that they know the difference between a regular walk and a structured walk.

Dogs need rules as much as they need anything else. The walker should be in control of the dog at all times. The trick is that the walker is taking the dog for a walk, and not the other way around. Unfortunately, a lot of dog walkers don’t know the difference. And while an unstructured walk might provide some exercise, it also provides too much excitement of the wrong kind.

I’m here to help you with your dog walking needs. Give us a call and make an appointment to sit down and chat about your dog and I will do everything in my power to provide your dog with a well-structured walk or run.

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