Some dog owners are content to let their dogs use pads inside of the house for relieving themselves. However, the benefits of some fresh air and healthy exercise to a dog are virtually limitless.
Dogs should go for walks because they need exercise. An overweight dog is an unhealthy dog, and many serious ailments can develop as a result. Going for a jog with an owner or playing catch in the yard after a nice walk are excellent ways to ensure your dog gets fresh air.
Walks also help your dog to socialize with other people and animals. Dogs are often very attached to their owners, but if they are never around anyone else, they might become so overprotective that they get a bit aggressive. Properly socializing your dog is easier when you go for regular walks and see people in the community.
Taking your dog outside for dogs also helps with training. After your dog has relieved himself outside, you can shower him or her with praise and provide a tasty treat. This process not only helps in teaching your dog where to go for to the bathroom, but can help to start building the foundations for other training ventures as well.
Clearly, going outdoors and walking your dog is healthy for him or her, but it also helps to build your bond with your dog. These quiet strolls can be an excellent time to reflect on your relationship and just to talk to your best friend. On top of that, you get the health benefit of some exercise too.