Posted by The San Francisco Dog Walker
The Pandemic brought an entirely new wave of dog ownership. Many people adopted their first puppy or rescue, given the additional time they were spending at home, while existing dog owners were soaking in all of the time they were able to spend with their pup thanks to being at home all day. Though dog owners have been able to be at home more over the last year and a half, that doesn’t always mean dog owners are exercising their dogs as much as they should. Afterall, many dog owners still spend most of their day working while they’re home, unable to step away for the lengthy walk their dog needs.
Whether you are still able to work remotely, or you are now working in-person again, your dog needs to be getting consistent exercise. From the expertise of a San Francisco dog walker, here are three reasons exercise is so essential to your pandemic pup’s life:
- Consistent exercise combats obesity. Perhaps the most obvious, though still extremely important, benefit of consistent exercise is the decrease in the likelihood your dog will become obese. Even if you are feeding your dog the right amount of food, you are avoiding table scraps, and you monitor their treat intake, if they aren’t getting the exercise they need, they will start packing on the pounds. Obesity is just the first red flag to a dog’s health. After a dog becomes obese, it is subjected to many other health concerns no one wants their best pal to endure – all avoidable with a dedication to consistent exercise.
- Exercise promotes joint health. Beyond the damage obesity can do to your dog’s joints, stiff joints can be problematic in and of themselves. Proper exercise for your pooch keeps their joints moving in their full range of motion while strengthening the muscles around their joints – fantastic ways to reduce arthritis pains in the future. The consistent movement also helps to prevent accidental joint injuries (from a particularly energetic play session, as an example).
- Dogs need an outlet. Consistent exercise not only helps your dog’s physical health, but their mental health, as well – great for you and them. Without the right stimulus, dogs can become anxious and restless. Those symptoms can be displayed in different ways, but commonly, especially with puppies, your dog might lack the obedience you know they are capable of. Perhaps they don’t listen to verbal commands or recall as well as they should, or perhaps they start releasing their energy in unwanted ways (like chewing on furniture or digging in carpet/the backyard). Reliable exercise can help you avoid those problems and have a happier pooch.
As a dog owner, you may have noticed a need to help your dog get better exercise recently, which likely led to Google searches like “dog walker SF.” If you are new to dog parenthood and are beginning to notice some behavioral changes in your pandemic pup, you may now realize that point three (shared above) has become an issue. Whatever the case may be, allow me to help you conveniently build consistent exercise for your dog into your schedule. As a professional dog walker in San Francisco, I would be honored to help you and your furry pal.