How Often Should You Walk Your Dog?

By Jenny Nolan / October 6, 2018

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The question of ‘how often should I walk my dog’ is one asked by almost all pet owners at one time or another. Although it does depends on the age, breed and overall health of your dog, you should look to walk or exercise your dog for at least 30 minutes every day. Some guides even recommend you walk your dog for up to two hours a day.

However, this is sometimes easier said than done. Although we all love our furry friends, sometimes you don’t have the time in your day to spend two hours out walking your pet, which is where a dog treadmill can come to the rescue.

Do Dogs Like Being Walked on Treadmills?

Treadmills for dogs serve one purpose and one purpose only – a way for your canines to work out and get some much-needed exercise. For one reason or another, some pet owners believe their dog won’t enjoy being walked on a treadmill without even trying one first. The majority of dogs that we teach to walk on treadmills correctly come to love the additional exercise.

Why You Should Exercise Your Dog Regularly

Getting regular exercise is vital for overall health – that goes for both humans and dogs (however that doesn’t mean you should walk your dog on a human treadmill!).

Now, here are some more reasons why your dog should get active exercise regularly:

  • Exercise will help pump out the toxins that accumulate in your dog’s body – Exercise activates the lymphatic system, which is responsible for getting rid of metabolic by-products.
  • Getting enough exercise improves metabolism and insulin health – Exercise jump-starts the body’s gene systems. These bodily systems maintain insulin health and reverse insulin resistance. A dog getting a regular work out is a canine that has better nutrient absorption.
  • Apart from improving a dog’s strength and stamina, exercise also helps prevent obesity – Yes, dogs can get obese too. If your dog is already obese, getting your pet to exercise regularly can reverse obesity. Their metabolic rates increase when they do and that means their body is better able to manage the amount of fat in the tissues.
  • Exercise also improves your dog’s overall well-being – It helps reduce your pet’s risk of chronic inflammation, dementia, depression, cancer, and bone disease.
  • Getting your dog to exercise regularly also helps with arthritis – Even aging dogs need some form of exercise and using a dog treadmill can be a form of physical rehabilitation for aging canines. Some people think that dogs with arthritis shouldn’t move around. On the contrary, getting regular exercise helps. Exercise improves endorphin secretions which eventually help to alleviate the pain that your pet feels at the onslaught of arthritis. Preventing a dog with arthritis from exercising increases its risk for inflammation.
  • Exercise promotes healthy bones and healthier muscles – Exercise helps improve skeletal muscle mass. When that happens, the bone mass eventually gets better, and your dog will develop their bone density. Whenever your pet exercises, special cells get activated and stimulated which in turn triggers an adaptation to the stress of working out.In effect, these cells signal the need for increased bone mass, and then the body complies. Muscle mass increases and bone mass also increase proportionately. An increased muscle mass is beneficial to your dog – it’s something that your furry pet can fall back on in case of an emergency.
  • Getting regular exercise prevents premature aging – This is true for humans, and it is true for dogs as well. Lean muscle mass diminishes as a dog ages. When that happens their ability to recover from injury also declines. Good nutrition coupled with regular exercise helps to maintain lean muscle mass. It also promotes the strength and integrity of the muscular tissue

Whether you walk your dog over the park, run with them regularly, or use a treadmill to keep your pet in the best shape possible, doing so regularly is vital for both your dog’s physical and mental health.

About the author

    Jenny Nolan

    Hey, I'm Jenny and along with Mom Sue the main contributor here at Cleaner Paws. As a mother-daughter partnership, we absolutely adore animals and together have over 40 plus years of pet grooming experience!

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