When was the last time you spent the better part of a weekend indoors? How did it feel? Let’s face it: even with all the entertaining TV shows and the latest movies on Netflix, we all need to take a breath of fresh air every once in a while. The same is true for your dog. Your dog will be dull in the same way you feel gloomy when you spend too much time indoors. Here are four reasons why you should not compromise when it comes to dog walking.

Dog Walking Enhances Good Behavior

Dog walking provides an excellent opportunity for working on your dog’s obedience skills. During the walk, your dog will learn how to follow instructions about his speed and where to go. He’ll also have a chance to practice social skills when he encounters other people or dogs during the walk.

If your dog doesn’t spend his energy out there on walks, why do you act surprised when he ends up spending it chewing your favorite shoe or pillow? On the flip side, if he gets regular exercise, you’ll find him happier, less destructive and more responsive to your commands.

Helps Them Lose Some Doggie Pounds

Just like it is for you and me, dogs also need that regular exercise. According to a CBS report, more than 50% of dogs in the US are obese, and this number is growing every year. Clearly, there is something that dog owners are not getting right.

You can avert this trend by having short, regular walking sessions. Even if your schedule is too tight to do the walking yourself, you can find a professional to do the dog walking for you regularly at an affordable rate.

Your Dog Needs a Job

When you go to work, your daily activities help you to feel fulfilled physically and mentally. If your dog only goes outside for 5 minutes to pee or poop, he is unemployed and will feel bored and unfulfilled. That’s when he will start tearing down your house.

Regular walks every day will give him a chance to sniff around and notice any changes in the neighborhood, to socialize with other animals and to take instructions and train during the walk.

Walks Help Build Trust

Dog walking exposes your dog to other humans in an environment that’s different from the regular home setting. This exposure will remove any fear or timidity that they might have around unfamiliar faces. It also builds trust and confidence.

Walking is Exercise for You

When you take your dog out for a walk, you also do some walking. As a result, you get out there and engage in some physical activity. Rather than taking it as a chore, you can view it as your daily chance to exercise. It gets your heart rate up and if you do it regularly, you’ll never have to worry about some of the lifestyle diseases that are caused by lack of exercise.