If you’re a busy pet parent, you may have found yourself wondering whether your pup is getting enough exercise. After all, dogs need to stay active! But if you’re like most people, you have a busy schedule that keeps you from getting your pup out and about as much as you’d like.
That’s why you may need daily mid-day walks from a professional pet sitter when you can’t do it yourself. Even a short, 15-minute walk can benefit your dog’s physical and emotional health. Here are the top reasons why booking regular dog walks is a smart investment.
- Improved Pet Health
One of the best ways to keep your pet healthy is to provide three or more 15-minute walks per day. Physical exercise helps maintain a dog’s muscle tone and metabolic function. The amount of activity that best suits your dog will depend on your dog’s breed, age, and health issues. Daily exercise is crucial to keep your dog at a healthy weight, which is essential for them to maintain an active lifestyle.
- Socialization & Stimulation
Exercising your dog’s mind is just as important as it is to exercise their body! While out walking, your pooch is most likely going to meet other dogs. It will also help build doggy confidence, so your pet will be less afraid to make friends. Even well-socialized pups are inclined to enjoy a bit of rough-and-tumble play with other dogs so it’s important that your dog is well supervised and securely harnessed during a walk. But it’s still worth venturing outside to help your dog learn acceptable ways of socially interacting with new animals and keeping their minds active.
- A Tired Dog Is a Good Dog!
A nice walk helps to burn excess energy, so your pup doesn’t engage in destructive bad habits back inside your home. By getting out for mid-day walks, your pet will burn some of that excess energy and be able to rest easy until you get home (and perhaps even after you get home).
- Peace Of Mind
Hiring a dog walker gives you the peace of mind that your dog is well taken care of, even when you aren’t at home. For in-home dog care visits, a dedicated pet sitter will come to your home, greet and leash your dog, and take them out for up to an hour walk in your neighborhood, or play and exercise in your fenced yard. Your walker will also pay extra close attention and provide some much-needed TLC to elderly dogs, high-maintenance puppies, or any other animals with special needs, as requested. Your walker can also tailor the length and pace of the walk to your pet’s specific needs and ability to ensure they get a sufficient amount of exercise during each visit and, of course, have a chance to “do their business.”
- Save Some Time
Is your commute too long to allow you to run home at lunchtime? Even if you can make it home, are you able to give your dog more than a potty break? Even if you’re working from home and can’t break away, hiring a mid-day dog walker can help you manage that busy schedule and maybe even help you reclaim your lunch break!
- Improved Pet Health
Ready to Book a Dog Walk?
Whether it’s mid-day, early morning, or evening, we have your tail covered! Schedule a regular recurring walk or any of our pet care services by calling us at 301-PET-CARE or on Care Central.