Exercise Central: What's the Best Time of Day to Walk Your Dog?

A daily walk is an important part of your dog’s health. Dogs have worked alongside humans for thousands of years to help herd and hunt other animals and require daily exercise to remain the healthy and active animals they were meant to be.

We all know how hard it is to find time in a busy schedule to go out and roam for an hour, but below is a guide for how to find the best time for you and your favorite furry friend to have a relaxing, fun walk.

Schedule Your Walks

This may seem like an obvious one, but don’t try to cram in a dog walk between appointments. They will sense a rushed or hurried walk, and may refuse to walk or do the opposite and act wild.

Most people find that the best times to take their dog for a walk are before or after work. This can help get your day started, and help your dog do their business outside. After work is a good time as well. A walk after work can help you relax after a long day, and your dog can release all the energy they’ve stored up.

Don’t Get Distracted

When your dog is outside they will want to sniff and explore everything. Everything from flowers, cars, and even other dog’s feces or urine. It’s good to give them some freedom and release, but try to limit distractions as much as possible.

If they run across other dogs or other people they will sniff them out, play with them, and may even turn aggressive if they feel threatened. Not only will these additional distractions make your walk longer than intended, but you may not be able to control your dog if the situation becomes tense. If you or a loved one has been bitten or injured by a dog, contact a lawyer and see how you receive compensation for your injuries. Pick a time when there are few distractions and enjoy a controllable, easy, and relaxing walk.

Walk in Cool Weather

You don’t want to walk in 100 degree weather and neither does your dog. Just like humans, dogs get dehydrated and tired when exercising in hot weather. Walk your dog during the coolest part of the day and make your walk more comfortable.

In the winter it’s still good to go out and get some fresh air and exercise both for you and your pet. Don’t skimp on the walks just because there is snow on the ground. Go out in the afternoon when the sun is out and give them time to release energy and work their muscles.

Follow these guidelines and find a daily dog walk schedule that works for you and your dog.


Information Credit: http://thepearcelawfirm.com/areas-of-practice/new-jersey-dog-bite-lawyer/

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