7 reasons why dogs love going out for walks

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If you’re a dog owner, then you know exactly what happens when you hint at the possibility of “walkies”. Your dog goes nuts! But have you ever wondered why?

By Justine Seraphin

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It’s no secret that dogs absolutely love going for walks. Come rain or shine (most) dogs will do a happy dance when you grab the lead. But why is that? Check out our gallery to find out!

Do dogs love long walks?

Healthy, young, and active dogs will prefer longer walks because it simply gives them more time to explore and get some much-needed exercise and mental stimulation. However, you should always adapt your dog’s exercise regime to their state of health. An elderly dog won’t be able to go for hikes the way a younger dog would, much like a French Bulldog won’t be able to go for the kind of walks a Golden Retriever would.

Is a 2 hour walk too long for a dog?

Again, it all depends on your dog! A healthy dog of an active breed (say a healthy 2-year-old Husky, for example), could go for hours! However, a much smaller breed, such as a Chihuahua, would never be able to keep up on a 2-hour hike. Remember, for every step you take, a small dog takes many more! Of course, the same goes for dogs who are older or who suffer from certain health problems. Never push your dog and make sure the walks you’re taking with them are adapted to their state of health. 

So, what do you think your dog likes best about going for walks? 

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    1. They can go to the bathroom

    Imagine having to hold it in for several hours a day. If your dog’s toilet trained, then the only place they’ll feel comfortable going to the bathroom is outdoors. Taking them for a walk means they can finally relieve themselves…and who doesn’t love that feeling?

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    2. They can let out some of that pent up energy

    When you’re a dog, there’s not much you can do inside. No reading books, or watching Netflix…so you spend most of your time sleeping. Which means that the rest of the time, you’re pretty energetic! Dogs are always ready to go because they’ve got a lot of pent up energy that they need to release!

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    3. They get to check in on the neighbours

    A walk around the block is kind of like a dog’s social media time. They can sniff all the neighbourhood dogs’ wees to check in on them: Who came by and when? Was it a male or a female? What was their social status? And so on…

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    4. They get to meet some friends

    Imagine spending all of your time with dogs, and only being able to meet other humans when you go out on walks. You’d be excited too, right?

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    5. They get to spend quality time with you

    Dogs can’t go for walks by themselves! Going for walkies means they get to spend quality time with their favourite person in the world…you!

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    6. They get to play

    Not all dogs like to play games of fetch, but for those who do, there’s no better time to enjoy these than when out on walks. Being outdoors means there’s plenty of space to run and be rambunctious without anyone telling you to stop!

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    7. They love to explore and be active

    Let’s face it: Being outdoors is in your dog’s DNA. Their ancestors were wolves after all! They didn’t spend their days inside apartments on cosy sofas (not that your dog is complaining). But it’s a natural urge for all dogs to want to be outside, explore, and exercise. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go!

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