Why do dogs have to walk?

The Importance of Walking Your Dog

Those who have chosen dogs as pets assume that they need to be taken for walks every day for relief and exercise. However, few people know that this walk is also equivalent for the dog to the reading of the news by humans.

A quiet walk, not in a hurry, which allows the dog through olfactory images, to capture the environment, will be an invaluable contribution to his emotional health. and therefore logical to his complete physical health.

Some authors speak of dog walking as a human invention and suggest replacing it with games. The proposal is much broader: the walking and playing together is undoubtedly ideal for our complete relationship with dogs.

The best thing we can do is to include these games in the time of the walk to stimulate the dogs and that they enjoy a full and happy life.

Dog walking

The games that a dog can play are varied, one of them is the “take and fetch”, which consists of throwing a ball, a stick or an object and the dog retrieves it by bringing it (Getty)Getty Images

Walking should not be rushed or have the one and only reason to conform to the physiological mandates of the animal. Moreover, the walk should take time and allow you to sniff in order to realize what would be our equivalent of looking at stained glass or visually appreciating a landscape.

Thanks to the sense of smell, the dog will be able to discern who has passed, let him know that he has also passed through his marking and have a clear panoramic view of the surrounding environmentabsolutely necessary for its fullness of life.

The games that a dog can play are varied, one of them is the “take and bring”, which consists of throwing a ball, a stick or an object and that the dog retrieves it by bringing it. With regard to this game, it is often difficult to retrieve the object or ball which, once the dog catches it, sees it as his possession or “already dead” prey and does not return it, thus frustrating the development of the sequence of play.

One way to allow the continuity of the game is to do it with two balls and when the first recovers we make the second bite, which will be more attractive because it is “alive” when it bounces with our action and will encourage it to release the first while continuing to develop the activity.

The walk should take time and allow you to sniff your way to what would be our equivalent of window shopping or visually appreciating a landscape (Photo: Jonas Walzberg/dpa)
The walk should take time and allow you to sniff your way to what would be our equivalent of window shopping or visually appreciating a landscape.

Another game is the “mothief” of our childhood, which involves chasing and being chased by switching roles consecutively. On the other hand, many dogs understand the game of ambush as the “hide and seek” of human childhood and know how to play it.

Another of the games that dogs like the most is to search for hidden treats because it allows them to develop their sense of smell.

The truth is that during or outside the walk, the game is a necessary and fundamental way to bond with our dogsbecause the physical and mental stimulation will make the animal calmer and happier.