4 Reasons to Hire a Dog Walker

4 Reasons to Hire a Dog Walker

Amber Johnson-Drake

Some dog lovers are home frequently and have the ability to provide their dog with the exercise he or she needs throughout the day. And, of course, provide their dogs with the potty breaks and mental stimulation they need to remain happy and healthy. Unfortunately, in today’s world, this isn’t always a realistic situation. Most people go to work for 8 hour days without a sufficient amount of time to return home until the work day is complete. 


If you are one of those dog lovers who are away from home for long periods of time, don’t feel guilty, it’s a part of life. That’s why many dog lovers are turning to dog walkers to satisfy their dog’s needs while they’re away.


In fact, there are several reasons a dog lover may hire a dog walker to stop by once per day (or more if desired) including:

 

Socialization Purposes


A walk around the neighborhood allows your dog to meet new people and new dogs while also exploring new surroundings. These new experiences are important for your dog's development and will encourage him to be friendly rather than scared when confronted with unfamiliar situations. The key to having a well-rounded dog lies heavily on their socialization.

 

Pack Animals


Dogs are pack animals by nature, and most require the company of other dogs from time to time to remain happy and healthy. This is where a dog walking service can help by providing your dog with the exercise they require. If you like, your furry buddy can be walked with other dogs, but they can also be walked alone by most dog walkers. Dogs who have "doggy friends" are often happier than dogs who don't have any exposure to the world around them (aside from their backyard). 

 

Reduced Behavior Problems


If a dog shows signs of boredom, such as excessive barking, chewing, or digging, he's probably bored! When your dog is exercising and exploring on daily walks, these attention-getting habits could vanish faster than you would imagine.


Consider how bored you'd be if you didn't have a decent book, some comfort food, or your favorite TV show. If you were stuck at home all day, you'd go insane. Dogs, like humans, require stimulation in the form of sight, touch, scent, and sound. Destructive habits can be reduced by taking a walk around the block to burn off excess energy and gain new experiences.

 

Less Hyperactivity


If your dog can run laps around the backyard and still be bouncing around inside, he probably needs to go for a walk, perhaps one that's longer than you're thinking (this is where a dog walker comes in handy). And, not only does your dog receive physical exercise when she's out on her walk, her mental


While exercise is important, exposing your pet to the outside world provides mental stimulation that can help them feel much more peaceful and comfortable when they return home.


The Bottom Line


You don't want to leave your furry family member alone all day, especially when she gives you puppy eyes as you're walking out the door. Hiring a dog walker could lessen that guilt, reduce behavioral issues, offer your dog more socialization, and provide her with the mental and physical stimulation she needs while you're away.



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