🎶These Paws are Made for Walking…🎶

IMG_1799Walking. It’s one of the simplest of activities and a must-do for dogs. It’s a pretty darn good activity for the uprights, too. Sam here, reporting for blogging duty. Someone recently asked my mom how often and how far we go walking and when she told them, they couldn’t believe it (usually at least 5 miles a day, but often times more). I think she said something like “well, it isn’t like he’s gonna walk himself!” Egad, sometimes that woman embarrasses me with her outspokenness.

IMG_1219Why walk your dog? Glad you asked! There are a number of pawsitive reasons to walk your pup. Unfortunately we canines don’t take responsibility for our good health so we have to rely on you uprights to do that. Sure you may have the equivalent of a dog amusement park in your backyard but frankly, unless you’re out there running around chasing us, it’s not likely we’ll do it on our own. More than likely, as soon as you blast out of the house for work, we start our day-long siesta only getting up to grab a drink and maybe shoot off a couple pee-mails. We’ll wait until you exhaustedly show up from a day in hell  work bouncing up and down like a pogo stick, unable to contain our excitement and looking forward to wanting to share some time out on the road.

So let’s go over all the reasons why you should walk your dog.

  • If your pup is ahem…how should I say this…a bit portly, he definitely needs to go for a walk. Remember, we’ve been lounging all day soaking up Vitamin D, besides…it’ll be good for you as well. Nothing like shedding a few calories with your BFF (best furry fur-iend)! Remember if the dog is overweight, you’re not getting enough exercise. Period.
  • An exercised dog is usually a well-behaved dog. If we’re tired, we’re less likely to think up ca-razy things around the house.
  • 7d0cf9874df8f08f66cc99b07801d542Remember…we evolved from wolves. Even the tiniest, fluffiest, most adorable of us share that tiny bit of DNA from the undomesticated wolf. That means we’re still a tad bit nomadic. That excitement we experience before a walk is similar to wolf pack behavior preparing to go out on a hunt. Wander, hunt, eat. It’s what we do.
  • Walking keeps our minds sharp, not bored. A bored dog has too much time on his paws. See the reason above for keeping our minds stimulated and not engaged in destructive behavior.
  • It may be your neighborhood, but I need to pee around it. Sniffing around is like your bookmarking on the internet. Think of it as our way to ‘pin’ stuff like you do on Pinterest. It allows us to survey the area, figure out whose who at the zoo and keeps us happy while maintaining our waistlines.
  • Walking provides teaching moments which engages our brains. Mom is always making me do sits, stays, and comes. Sometimes I fur-get how to do things, so when we walk, she ‘reminds’ me of what I have to do particularly when we go to the hospital. Remember: a well exercised dog is a good dog and practice makes perfect.
  • Bonding. Walking together allows us to bond more closely. We get to share fun  adventures and other peeps. Walking enriches our love for you and reinforces our relationship.
  • Walking is the perfect opportunity for you to meet other people. My mom is a bit of an introvert. It’s a good thing I’m a great ambassador and able to start-up conversations. Mom would probably be a hermit if it weren’t for me.
  • I can ‘hear’ you rolling your eyes now saying “but Sam…I don’t have time to walk my dog.” Like every other upright, my mom is busy (so she says) but she’s responsible and committed to me. I didn’t search her out, she found me and thinks like anything else, you make time for things that need to be done. Sure, sometimes, it’s not convenient, but it’s the right thing to do. She might grumble because it’s too cold or she’s too tired, but 5 minutes out and Bam! she’s smiling and I’m happy she’s happy. Even shortened walks work-the point is to be clever if you’re pressed for time. Maybe just chase your pup or spend an extended amount of time playing with him. I promise, we don’t keep score but we will be balanced and a pleasure to be around. You can take a longer walk tomorrow. Just saying.

So…do you regularly walk your pup? What do you do when you can’t?

Live, love, bark! ❤

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40 thoughts on “🎶These Paws are Made for Walking…🎶

  1. christycaplan (@christycaplan)

    Such an important post: a few things that immediately resonated is bonding. There is nothing more precious than time walking my dogs. Also, my dogs are simply “good dogs” are like Zen for the pack. There is nothing better than getting out in the middle of our local park or beach – zoomies are always in order!

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  2. Jane

    Oh Sam you have inspired me to go for a walk! I love all your reasons. I’m working on trying to get my chi motivated to walk, she gets outside and would rather just sit and look around. Any tips for this Momma and her chi?

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  3. Tails by the Sea

    My human takes me on a walky every morning. She tells me it’s mommy-Kona time and it strengthens our bond, which is important to her ‘cuz I’m her best friend and confidante. It’s also fun because I help her meet our neighbors she
    Might not otherwise meet. Woofs and wags ~ Kona

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  4. Jodi

    We are dedicated to our walks. There was only one day last year that we didn’t walk and that was because the roads were a sheet of ice. We started out but only got about three houses up and since we live on a hill, I was like, no way. So we turned around and carefully made our way home. But that was a rare occurrence, we are usually more reliable than the mailman. 😉

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    1. Tails Around the Ranch Post author

      I’m with you, if it’s sub-zero or a blizzard our walks are limited, but that’s when we go inside and play indoor games changing each other around the dining room table. One of these days I’m gonna get caught by that knucklehead and we’ll both probably crash in a heap! LOL

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  5. dorysbackyard

    Those are some great reasons to walk! Mama or Daddy get us out every day, even if it is just around the block!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  6. Genevieve Petrillo

    Five miles is a huge walk. Mom and I get out there every day, but we stick to under a mile. Bingo on the bonding and learning time. That is important for us, and keeps my tiny brain running on all cylinders.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  7. lifewith3dogsblog

    This is definitely true. We try to walk our pups as much as we can (Hayley was out of the walks for 2 weeks when she had surgery though.) During the colder months when our dogs don’t even want to go outside to potty– luckily we live in a big long house that we can play catch with them and like you said “chase them around” my fiance’ will get down on all fours and play and chase them around the house. Yes he looks ridiculous but they get worn out lol.

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  8. Piglove

    This is totally awesome and so very true indeed. Mom tells me often that a bored piggy is a mischievous piggy – same thing with pooches. Mom walks Houdini… or should I say Houdini walks mom. The little *loves* to go for a walk. But the thing with Yorkshire TERRORS, they start off walking but you are going to carry them back. It’s the law. Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

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  9. Kate Crimmins

    I have cats which don’t get walked so once in a while they get wonky. Up the stairs, down the stairs and in circles until they are exhausted. Jake, my old cat that died, went outdoors to walk himself. He could spend hours peeing on every bush and leaving little messages for other critters who may come into his yard. He was healthy until the end. Fortunately my indoor cats don’t feel a need to leave pee messages! Walking a dog does help keep everyone happy. (although Jake didn’t want them leaving a pee message in our yard!)

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  10. lapaylor

    We are big on walks around here. When Cole was a pup we often walked 2 or 3 miles in the morning, then he wore out three dogs playing, then we three walked 2 or 3 miles in the evening. We stopped on road trips to walk around a town. He loved driving to another neighborhood to walk too. It is one of the best activities to share. I think walking as a pack is such a bonding activity too. We all belong together. Cole felt sad for the ‘hood dogs who never left their yards, and gave them a wide berth. LEeAnna

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    1. Tails Around the Ranch Post author

      It’s been one of the best things about dog ownership and I cherish every rain drenched, blowing snow moment of it (which is especially easy to say when it’s been 90+ degrees since fur-ever). 😉

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  11. Pet Barrier

    I take my dogs for a walk every day, I’ve never missed one except this once when the weather was just too bad, it would have been dangerous to go outside. It’s important for them and though I might grumble about it sometimes, it makes me happy too. -Ellie

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  12. edgar62

    Hi there, Sam. Benji and I go out walking twice a day – same route. We do an average of about 9kms. a day. This does not happen everyday – sometimes it’s just too cold or its raining but we try to manage it both times each day. Wont be too long and we can get back down to the Wetlands again.

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