When we welcome an animal into our home as a new member of our family, we take on a responsibility to love, raise, and provide for that animal in all the ways necessary for their happiness, and in return ours. To keep our pets satisfied and live up to the responsibility we have undertaken in their adoption we must keep track of a large number of factors varying greatly by breed and species, but in general it can be said that is not enough to think that food, water, and shelter are all that our pets require. Much like people, pets form a strong emotional bond to those they consider their family, and we must take care to remember to nurture this bond every day. With a job, responsibilities, and a busy schedule we quite often forget that the animals that we adopt and cherish do tend to fall into routines lacking variety, and in many cases, this can be emotionally detrimental to their health and emotional wellbeing.
To help our pets find variety in their day, sometimes requires us to find variety in ours. In this way taking a mid-day walk every day or 4-5 times a week for a half hour or more can be a great start in establishing a new routine for our pets and us. A daily schedule with one mid-day walk has been shown to improve the cardiovascular fitness, blood pressure, and stress levels for both pets and their owners. These health improvements also help decrease the chance of obesity seen in some stay-at-home pets who are left without physical variety. Depending on the breed, your surroundings, and their physical needs, throwing a ball and letting the dog off leash can also be a great choice.
The benefits of a mid-day walk on the physical health of our pets is certainly worth mentioning, but the emotional and cognitive benefits go even further. A daily walk can bring much needed variety in the way of introducing the animal to the mature scents and sights present outside. Letting them become acquainted to these scents and smells and even other dogs can aid in the development of their social maturity. This daily physical activity also helps strengthen the bond you share with your dog, maybe the most important factor of all.