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10 Human Benefits of Walking Your Dog

Monday September 28th 2015

Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, sleet or snow, your dog needs walking. Although sometimes viewed as somewhat of a chore, we have found 10 amazing benefits you get from walking your dog. So next time you're putting on your puffer jacket in the middle of winter and picking up the doggie bags before you leave the door, you can thank your dog for these 10 amazing benefits to your life.

1 - It's Social Just like you, there are many others that need to take their dog out for a walk too and since it's such a regular thing you may often bump into the same people day after day. Whether you occasionally stop to chat, give a friendly nod or start a dog walking group – it is a nice social activity.
2 - It's A Great Way To Start The Day Walking the dog early in the morning, or before work gets you up and out of bed ready to start the day. There is no better alarm clock than a dog wanting a walk!
3 - It's Awesome Exercise Spending time walking, running and throwing (or chasing) whilst taking your dog out is great exercise for your body.
4- And Great Motivation The love for a dog can do many extraordinary things – one of which is getting you out the house every day to exercise. No more excuses when a wagging tail is asking for a walk!
5 - It Makes You Feel Good When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which can help to alleviate stress and improve mood – a daily walk with the dog can actually make you feel better!
6 - There's Time To Clear Your Head There are not many times in the day that we have the time to be alone with our thoughts, but time out walking the dog is one of them. This can be a very cathartic experience, allowing ideas, plans and thoughts to be considered without distraction.
7 - You Can Enjoy Nature With the busy hustle and bustle of everyday life it is easy to miss out on the beauty of nature. Getting out of the house and experiencing the changing tides of nature through the seasons can be a refreshing and enlightening experience.
8 - It Gives You Time To Bond If you are away from the house a lot in the day, time spent on walks can be a great time to connect with your dog and form a strong relationship. And even if you spend a lot of time with your dog – another fun experience is always a good thing!
9 - Your Dog Loves It There is nothing better than seeing your dog happy and walking your dog gives it the exercise it needs, which can also prevent hyperactivity and bad behaviour.
10 - It's a Great Excuse Despite sometimes being an annoying commitment, walking the dog can also be a great excuse to miss those undesirable occasions. Dinner with the in-laws? Well someone has to walk the dog…!

Author Bio:
This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers pet insurance.